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Felicity Kendal to guest star in new Dr Who

01/08/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Doctor Who series four filming is underway with Catherine Tate joining the BBC One drama series as The Doctor's new companion, Donna Noble. Tate is reprising her role as Donna, the runaway bride who featured in last year's Doctor Who Christmas special. Good Life actress Felicity Kendal is getting in on the Who-celeb action too.

The start of the new series will see Donna tracking down the Time Lord during an alien emergency in modern-day London. The couple get back together with one of Doctor Who's more popular aliens, The Ood, in a brand new episode, Planet Of The Ood.

Donna and The Doctor - David Tennant - will also be travelling through time for an encounter with the murder mystery novelist, Agatha Christie. Agatha Christie will be played by Jekyll star Fenella Woolgar and The Good Life actress Felicity Kendal will star as Lady Clemency Eddison. Blackadder and Notting Hill actor Tim McInnerny will also guest star later in the series.

Doctor Who's executive producer and head writer, Russell T Davies told SFcrowsnest, "Visiting Agatha Christie has been on my wish-list for ages now and, for the Doctor, it's a real meeting of minds! Viewers can expect many more ambitious storylines and a whole host of guest stars in 2008."

Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson, added, "What a brilliant idea that Agatha Christie and Doctor Who should meet! Two characters whose contribution to British entertainment is absolutely unrivalled. As far as I know my grandmother, Agatha Christie, never saw Doctor Who, but I am sure she would have been intrigued, excited and above all flattered by all this attention in 2007."

Catherine Tate finished off by saying, "I am delighted to be returning to Doctor Who. I had a blast last Christmas and look forward to travelling again through time and space with that nice man from Gallifrey."

Freema Agyeman who has played Martha Jones, The Doctor's companion throughout the third series, will return to the show to join The Doctor and Donna mid-series.

The fourth series of Doctor Who will hit BBC One in Spring 2008.

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