Now the BBC have revealed who will play The Doctor’s companion in the second of the four specials due to air this year – and it marks a departure from the younger women that have typified the Time Lord’s sidekicks since the show’s return, in favour of a more mature, experienced helper.
Veteran actress Lindsay Duncan, 58, will play a character called Adelaide, who producers describe as the Doctor’s cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet. I think Romana (both of them) might have something to say about that!
Duncan has appeared in TV shows such as GBH, Rome and the brilliant Shooting The Past. She will next be seen next Thursday (February 26) playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the BBC2 television film Margaret, which presents a dramatised account of the Tory leader’s final days in power.
Duncan said of her role in Doctor Who: “I’m thrilled to be involved in Doctor Who. I’ve never done anything like this before.”
Filming will start in the Spring, with the episode likely to air during the Summer. Four special Doctor Who episodes will air this year in the run-up to Tennant’s departure from the role and the arrival of his replacement Matt Smith, 26, who will take over when the show returns for a full season in 2010.