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Fans of British comedy will be particularly excited by the news, released earlier today, that Michelle Gomez—star of the quirky hospital hit Green Wing—will be appearing in Season Eight of Doctor Who.
According to the official Doctor Who site, Michelle will be playing the part of the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere, and she appears to be entirely smitten with the idea.
She said: “Well of course Peter Capaldi is our next Doctor, which makes complete sense. I’m thrilled to join him. Well, you would be, wouldn’t you?”
Here’s the full costume shot, which some fans have already approvingly noted is not unlike that of Mary Poppins:
Steven Moffat added: “I’ve known Michelle for years, and I’m thrilled to welcome her to Doctor Who. She’s everything we need – brilliant, Scottish, and a tiny bit satanic.”
Speaking of evil things, BBC One’s Twitter feed had this backstage photo this morning too, showing Michelle, Peter and a nasty bunch of metallic rotters:
— BBC One (@BBCOne) June 30, 2014
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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