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Daleks to battle The Doctor in the Big Apple

07/01/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The most famous Doctor Who nemeses, the Daleks, are to battle The Doctor in a two-part story set in Thirties New York.

They are to feature in episodes four and five of the forthcoming third series of the BBC One drama.

David Tennant as The Doctor and new companion Freema Agyeman, who plays medical student Martha Jones, will be joined in this story by Desperate Housewives actor Ryan Carnes, Miranda Raison, star of BBC One spy drama Spooks, and Holby City favourite Hugh Quarshie.

The story is written by Helen Raynor and directed by James Strong, who also directed episodes eight and nine of series two. The production team has recently confirmed further casting details for series three, including Dean Lennox Kelly, Mark Gatiss and Anne Reid.

Martha's family will include Trevor Laird, who will be playing her dad Clive, and Adjoa Andoh as Francine, Martha's mum. Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays her sister Tish and DJ Reggie Yates appears as her brother.

Russell T Davies, lead writer and Executive Producer, told, "Every time the Daleks return we make them bigger and better than ever before and this time their plan is the most audacious Dalek scheme yet! Even The Doctor finds himself out of his depth."

The new series of Doctor Who is scheduled to air in spring 2007. Writers for Doctor Who series three include Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Gareth Roberts, Paul Cornell, Helen Raynor, Chris Chibnall and Stephen Greenhorn. The directors include Charles Palmer, Euros Lyn, Graeme Harper and Richard Clarke.

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