Meera Syal on Doctor Who

Meera SyalGuest starring in season 31/Series 5 of Doctor Who is Meera Syal, best known for her roles in The Kumars at No 42 and Goodness Gracious Me! She spoke to The Observer this weekend about her current roles, as well as her upcoming appearance opposite Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor.

Syal is apparently starring in the episodes currently known as The Ground Beneath Their Feet/Cold Blood (episodes 8 and 9) which represents the actress achieving an ambition – not to mention giving away a bit of a spoiler in the interview.

I have been longing to be in Dr Who. I have been knocking on the Tardis door for years and it has finally opened. I play a woman in a man’s world. I am drilling into the centre of the Earth.

If you didn’t already know, this is the episode that features the return of the Silurians, introduced in 1970 and last seen in 1984.

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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