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Sarah Lancashire stars in Doctor Who's fourth series

04/04/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Sarah Lancashire, best known for her roles in Coronation Street, Clocking Off and Rose 7 Maloney, is in the first episode of the new BBC One science fiction series of Doctor Who playing the alien nanny from hell.

Sarah guest stars as Miss Foster - aka the evil alien version of Mary Poppins - an enigmatic and powerful businesswoman, in episode one of series four of the drama. The new series begins on Saturday 5th April 2008 at 6.20pm on BBC One. Foster = Foster Mother.

The first episode of the new series will witness Donna (Catherine Tate) determined to find The Doctor again even if it means braving the villainous Miss Foster and her hordes of sinister Adipose. But when the alien threat escalates out of control, can Donna find her Time Lord, before the march of the Adipose begins?

Sarah Lancashire told, "I'm absolutely thrilled to be in Doctor Who. It's a brilliant episode and I'm looking forward to taking the Time Lord on."

Actress 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 couple are destined to experience a series of adventures throughout the series 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 murder mystery novelist, Agatha Christie, and taking a trip to Pompeii.

Further guest stars already confirmed to appear in the new series include Felicity Kendal, Lesley Sharp, Georgia Moffett, Lindsey Coulson, Fenella Woolgar, Tim McInnerny, Peter Capaldi, Phil Davis and Tracey Childs. Freema Agyeman, who played Martha Jones, The Doctor's companion throughout the third series, will return to the show to join The Doctor and Donna mid-series.

As always, the producer is Phil Collinson; Executive producers are Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Julie Gardner, and Russell T Davies.

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