Russell T Davies has reminded the world that the four specials in 2009 (and later…?) will see the Doctor travelling alone – which means new companions!
There’s plenty of talent to choose from of course, and it also gives Davies - who contributes to each of the specials scripts – the chance to play around with the companion role, and the types of character the Doctor takes with him.
"We’ve got a young female companion at Easter, and then a much older woman next Christmas – someone in her fifties or sixties. I love that."
Of course casting for the 2009 Doctor Who specials takes place to sopme degree in parallel with at least some casting and a lot of discussions for Doctor Who’s 2010 run.
"It’s made casting next year’s four specials difficult because we’re going, ‘Well, that’s an interesting actress, but they might want her for series five’," he said. "We don’t want to ruin anyone’s chances of being the new companion by casting her for a one-off."
The next episode of Doctor Who after The Next Doctor is likely to be seen at Easter 2009, with the following three episodes expected for December 2009 .