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Past Guests, New Roles

Various past guest stars from Doctor Who have been linked to a wide range of projects lately, including Carey Mulligan and Sophia Myles.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, guest starred in The Lazarus ExperimentTop of the list however is the gorgeous Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Tish Jones, sister of Martha in several episodes of the 2007 series of Doctor Who including The Lazarus Experiment) who was spotted by Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks when she was playing Ophelia opposite Jude Law’s Hamlet.

Hanks is set to star in and direct, Larry Crowne, and Mbatha-Raw looks set to land a major role in the film.

Sophia Myles – the eponymous Girl in the Fireplace from the 2006 series who also ended up “stepping out” with David Tennant for a short while – is set to star in the BBC spy series Spooks, filling the lead female role previously held by Hermione Norris and later Miranda Raison (Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks). Press speculation expects her abilities as a horse rider, swimmer and skier, not to mention her French and German skills – will be put to good use.

Meanwhile, Oscar nominated Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow in 2007’s Steven Moffat classic Blink) has been linked to the lead role of Eliza Doolittle a new film version of My Fair Lady.

Nanny McPhee writer and star Emma Thompson revealed on BBC 5 Live:

“I think Carey is set to play it, yes.

“But we still don’t know about [Henry] Higgins. I love Hugh [Grant] so I’d love him to do it, he might want to, he might not want to, so we don’t know yet. But hopefully we’ll make it later this year.”

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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