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Velile Determination

Now this is what I call a lady on a mission – Velile Tschabalala, who we will meet on Christmas Day as Rosita (the companion to The Next Doctor) has revealed how her career took a nosedive in the months before her casting in Doctor Who. 

Velile Tschabala, Rosita in Doctor Who 2008 Christmas Special The Next DoctorIn fact things got so bad that the only paid work she could get was cleaning toilets, a detail that tha Daily Mail seems to totally love.

There is of course nothing wrong with cleaning toilets.  Most toilet cleaners however don’t moonlight as actors to help make ends meet. 

Thankfully for the lovely Velile – who has also starred in BBC Three’s Tittybangbang and CBBC’s Kerchang! – her casting in The Next Doctor has given her a profile most actresses can only dream of.

‘I screamed with delight when I got the part.

‘Then I phoned my dad who got really worried because he thought I’d said I needed to see a doctor.

‘When I explained, he was so proud and excited. It is the best Christmas present ever.’

Now Velile is part of a massive Christmas present – not to mention past and possibly one day future…


Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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