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Doctor Who lasers UK tax payer money

01/02/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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BBC wastes licence-payer money on cinema advertising for science fiction drama series Doctor Who. A trailer of the new series of BBC One's Doctor Who launches Friday 1st February 2008 in British cinemas. Your tax pounds at work, Time-lord style.

The trailer is part of a BBC test with Carlton Screen Advertising to waste tax payers' money advertising BBC content. The deal, which covers 837 Odeon screens, 736 Cineworld screens and 142 Empire screens, will see a 90-second trailer of the new series shown before new releases including Cloverfield, Juno, John Rambo and There Will Be Blood.

Naomi Gibney, Head of Marketing, BBC Vision, said, "This is a great opportunity for the BBC to reach new audiences with an exciting preview of the new series of Doctor Who."

Not such a great opportunity for all us poor bastards forced to pay a licence fee tax in the UK, though. Catherine Tate is reprising her role as Donna, the runaway bride and will star as The Doctor's companion throughout the new series alongside David Tennant as The Doctor.

The first episode of the new series will witness Donna tracking down The Doctor during an alien emergency in modern-day London. The couple are destined to experience a series of adventures throughout the series run including meeting one of Doctor Who's most popular aliens, The Ood in a brand new episode, Planet Of The Ood. Donna and The Doctor will also be travelling through time for an encounter with the legendary murder mystery novelist, Agatha Christie and taking a trip to Pompeii. Further guest stars already confirmed to appear in the new series include Sarah Lancashire, Felicity Kendal, Alex Kingston, Lesley Sharp, Georgia Moffett, Lindsey Coulson, Fenella Woolgar, Tim McInnerny, Peter Capaldi, Phil Davis and Tracey Childs.

Freema Agyeman who has played Martha Jones, The Doctor's companion through the third series will also return to the show to join The Doctor and Donna mid series. The fourth series of Doctor Who is now in production and will play on BBC One in spring 2008.

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