06/07/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Freema Agyeman returns as Martha Jones in Who season 4 and guest stars in Torchwood.
The BBC has announced the first casting details for the fourth series of Doctor Who following the end of the third series. The final episode, recently screened on BBC One, saw The Doctor's companion Martha - played by Freema Agyeman - leave to care for her devastated family, and to break the cycle of unrequited love she feels for The Doctor.
The production team has now confirmed that the character is set to make a return in the fourth series. Freema, who gained good notices for her portrayal of Martha Jones, is also set to join the cast of BBC Three's Torchwood where she will continue to play the character in three new episodes before returning to Doctor Who in the middle of the fourth series.
Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies told SFcrowsnest, "Series three has gained outstanding reviews and Freema has been a huge part of that success, gaining rave notices for her portrayal of Martha. Now we are taking the character of Martha into brand new territory with a starring role in Torchwood."
Freema added, "I can't wait to start filming on Torchwood and the new series of Doctor Who. It's a huge new challenge for me and I'm delighted Russell has decided to expand the character of Martha Jones."
The announcement leaves a vacant space in the Tardis and a new companion for The Doctor, who will join the new series for the entire 13-week run, will be announced shortly. The fourth series of Doctor Who goes into production this month.
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