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New Series Casting Update

Sophie Okonedo voiced Alison Cheney in Scream of the ShalkaWhile there is yet to be any official confirmation, rumours of an appearance by respected actress Sophie Okonedo in the new series of Doctor Who have been reported in the press today, namely redtop The Sun.

Okonedo has recently been seen as Winnie Mandela in a BBC drama which co-starred David Harewood (The End of Time‘s Joshua Naismith) as Nelson Mandela, and has a list of impressive credits to her name, including the harrowing Hotel Rwanda, for which she was Oscar nominated.

Most importantly, she was the companion of the original Ninth Doctor – the Richard E. Grant incarnation that appeared in Paul Cornell”s Scream of the Shalka, webcast by BBCi in 2003. Co-starring Okonedo as Alison Cheney and Sir Derek Jacobi as the Master, Shalka‘s long-term reputation was overshadowed by the BBC announcing a few weeks later that Doctor Who would be returning to our screens.

Despite the precedent set for Jacobi to play the Master once again in Utopia, it isn’t a return for Cheney, however.

This time, Okonedo is apparently playing “Liz Ten” – speculation suggests that she is a future queen of England.

A so-called source told the paper:

“Getting Sophie on board is a huge coup for the BBC.

“The forthcoming series has been criticised for being a bit light on the big names. But the feeling is less is more.

“The new boss, Steven Moffat wants his show to be more about the Doctor rather than famous supporting cast members.

Criticised for being light on big names?

By whom? Russell T Davies?

John-Nathan Turner’s ghost?!

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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