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Published on January 23rd, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Michelle Ryan Confirmed

The BBC have confirmed the casting of the tasty Michelle Ryan in the forthcoming story Planet of the Dead by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts, which is currently in production – and that means that with Easter just a couple of weeks away (it’s an early one this year folks) the wait for some Doctor Who shouldn’t go on too long this year!

Michelle Ryan is most famous of course for the role of Zoe Slater in EastEnders, as well as making an (eventual) impact as Jaime Sommers in the recent short-lived remake of Bionic Woman. Most recently she has appeared in the BBC adventure serial Merlin, and Steven Moffat’s Jekyll.

I wonder, what sort of impact exactly Ryan’s character – expected to be called Lady Christina de Souza – will have on Doctor?

“Michelle is one of the most sought after young actors in the country and we are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team,” said Executive Producer and writer Russell T Davies.

“As always the script is being kept strictly under wraps – however we can reveal that Lady Christina is a woman with a mysterious past who’s going to have a huge impact on the Doctor!”

A huge impact on the Doctor, eh? What does the lovely Michelle (my belle) say?

“I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who and very excited to be joining David Tennant and the Doctor Who team,” said Michelle. “It is such a fantastic show and I can’t wait to get started!”

Also joining Ryan is – as rumoured – comedian Lee Evans, while Noma Dumezweni returns as Captain Erisa Magambo who last seen helping Rose and Donna save the world in Turn Left.

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About the Author

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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