Published on December 19th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley
The very lovely Velile Tschabala has spoken to Digital Spy at length about her role of Rosita in The Next Doctor…
There’s a lot to Rosita it seems – not least that the Other Doctor met her whilst she was working "the streets".
"Well, one night she was out earning her living and a Cyberman came to attack her. The other Doctor came to rescue her and it went from there. He wasn’t a client, he came and saved her!"
Think that’s a bit heavy for Doctor Who? What exactly to you think the Cybermen are up to in a graveyard?
Back to the point though – Velile does manage to reveal a few things about the Cybershades…
"They’re funny little things, aren’t they? They’ve got robotic faces and they’re all covered in feathers. I didn’t know what to make of them at first. I thought they were quite nice and thought I might borrow one of their outfits for Friday night! They’re quite menacing but they’re obviously not as strong or scary as the Cybermen. They pop up quite a lot in the episode – they’re always coming out of dark corners and stuff. They’re a bit of a nuisance to be honest!"
Feathers? Oh that’s just too scary. The Cybernised remains of dead birds? Let’s hope the Doctor can team up with this other fellow to sort them out…
"At first the other Doctor’s a bit of a threat. The Doctor comes into London and he finds the other Doctor claiming to be him, so obviously he’s a bit wary at first. As the episode goes along, they start working together and they find some common ground. They do develop quite a good relationship through the episode."
The tension is building up nicely to this one – could The Next Doctor be the Christmas Doctor Who Special we’ve all been waiting for?