The Dr gets an older companion

Lindsay Duncan is set to be the Dr’s oldest companion as she stars alongside fellow Scot David Tennant in the 2nd of 2009’s Dr Who specials

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay Duncan

We’ve all complained about the lack of maturity in the Tardis and many thought that Catherine Tate was a step in the right direction.  Well 58 year old Duncan is all set to bring us more of that later this year.

She will be playing the role of Adelaide and said that she was “thrilled to involved in Dr Who“, adding that, “I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m looking forward to working with David Tennant and the team.”

Producer Russell T Davies sounded suitably excited when he announced this saying

Lindsay is an incredibly talented actress and I’ve been an admirer for some time. We are delighted to announce that she will play the Doctor’s most strong-minded companion yet.”

I’m very excited by that last bit as fans of the old Virgin Dr Who novels may find themselves thinking of Bernice Summerfield, a Paul Cornell created compainion that was so popular she got her own spin of audio series from Big Finish productions . Time alone will tell.

If you want to check out her acting chops she’s on TV next Thursday the 26th Feb on BBC2 in Thatcher playing the iron Lady herse;f Magaret Thatcher, a character she apparently loathed.

Servilia of the Junii

Servilia of the Junii

But does she have any geek credentials.  Well she voice the droid TC-14 in Star Wars : The Phantom Menace and history buffs will recognise her from HBO’s Rome where she played the lover of Julius Caeasr.

The Dr and companion?????

The Dr and companion?????

There is one more strange connection to geek land though.  Look closely at the picture on the right. It’s from a play called That Face at The Duke of Yorks Theatre last year. It’s Lyndsay Duncan playing a character called Martha and beside her on the bed playing her son is none other than Matt Smith, Dr in waiting. Well I never! It’s probably one of those timey wimey things.

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