Doctor Gets A New Companion
Still reeling from the news that Billie
Piper leaves Doctor Who at the end of Season
Two, fans have now been given a name and a face for the Doctor's
new companion: Freema Agyeman (pronounced "Ag-yee-man").
shot courtesy of the BBC.
BBC made the announcement yesterday, though producer Russell
T. Davies and Agyeman herself have known for a while.
been keeping this secret from my friends for months,"
said Agyeman on the BBC website. "It's been driving
appears in Season Two's penultimate episode, "Army
of Ghosts," in a different role. For Season Three,
which has yet to be filmed, she will play a woman named
I first saw Freema Agyeman she had come in to audition for
the part of Adeola in series two," said executive producer
and writer Davies.
her during filming confirmed what an exciting new talent
she was, so under cover of darkness we called her back in
to audition with David [Tennant] for the role of the new
was an immediate and sensational combination."
BBC report further pointed out that this will be somewhat
of television history, as Agyeman will be the Doctor's first
companion who is black. Apparently, Rose's sometime boyfriend
Mickey doesn't count.
Sci Fi Network's schedule stays on track, we in the U.S.
are at least a year and a half away from seeing this actress.
We just finished Season One on Sci Fi, and they might be
holding off on Season Two until December, as the first episode
to feature David Tennant as The Doctor is "The Christmas
Invasion." Season Three is scheduled to start shooting
this summer in Cardiff, though Agyeman will not appear in
this year's Christmas episode.
meantime, we have our fingers crossed for the spin-off series
Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who) that
stars John Barrowman as the roguish Captain Jack Harkness.
The Torchwood Institute plays into the mythology of Season
Two, but how Harkness gets involved remains to be seen.