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Doctor Who Press Launch

The new series of Doctor Who was launched in front of the press on Tuesday evening at a packed venue in which regular stars and crew were joined by cast members from series four, such as Peter Capaldi and Tim McInnerny.

Also on show were former Doctor Who villain Simon Pegg, Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley and Elisabeth Sladen.

On the matter of the Doctor’s relationship with Donna, new companion Catherine Tate said:

“Donna knows he’s an alien,” joked the comedienne and actress. “She knows he’s got two hearts and she doesn’t want to see what else he’s doubled up on.

“There was so much sexual tension off-screen, it would have been boring to have to watch it as well.”

“We’ve had a love story, we’ve had an unrequited love story – let’s have a non-love story,” remarked Tennant.

“The Doctor’s very different with Donna than he was with Martha or Rose. I think it sets the series off on a whole new dynamic.”

Meanwhile Russell T Davies continues to be miffed by the timeslot:

“It’s not a time slot I agree with,” he said. “I’d rather it went out later [at 1900].

“But we’ve been told that it’s a gateway to the whole Saturday night. We’ll see on Monday morning what it’s like.”

The two episodes (Partners in Crime and Fires of Pompeii) were well recieved by the guests and press, with Simon Pegg in particular enthusing about them.

Russell T Davies and David Tennant both refused to be drawn on their future, with Davies wishing Tennant to continue forever.

And finally, on the matter of a returning Davros or not:

“I’m sure we’ll find someone marvellous to play him, if that were ever to happen,” Tennant shrugged.

You can see snaps from the first half of this years Doctor Who series at the CBBC Newsround website

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