Doctor Who’s Peter Davison and Michelle Ryan to star together in Death in Paradise

The former Time Lord and the one-time companion will play a scriptwriter and an actress when the cosy whodunnit returns for a third series

The fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, is set to fetch up on the sandy shores of Saint-Marie in BBC1’s Caribbean crime drama Death in Paradise, along with one-time Who companion Michelle Ryan.


The pair will star together in episode two of the upcoming third series, with Davison playing a script writer named Arnold and Ryan starring as an actress.

Commenting on her role, Ryan said: “I play an actress who is quite a handful with a dark past. The action element is always appealing for me and getting to film on the gorgeous island of Guadeloupe was incredible. We had so much fun!”

Ryan played Lady Christina de Souza opposite tenth Doctor David Tennant in 2009 Doctor Who special Planet of the Dead.

Death in Paradise never fails to attract a star-studded line-up of guest actors to its sunny filming location (nothing to do with the weather, we’re sure…). The cosy whodunnit will also feature Cold Feet actress Helen Baxendale, The Hour’s Hannah Tointon, Smash’s Raza Jaffrey, Lightfields’ Sophie Thompson, Adrian Scarborough, Kathryn Drysdale, Sophie Colquhoun, Clarke Peters, Tristan Gemmill, Mark Bazeley, Tim Dutton and Haydn Gwynne when it returns next year.

Executive producer Belinda Campbell says: “We’re thrilled to have another fantastic list of talented guest stars involved for the third series of Death In Paradise.”

Set on the fictitious Caribbean island of Saint-Marie, Death in Paradise follows the story of English Metropolitan Police inspector Richard Poole (Ben Miller) as, with the help of calm and collected sidekick Camille, he solves crimes whilst trying not to get sand on his suit.

The third series will see Ben Miller leave sun-kissed Saint-Marie for good, to be replaced in the lead role by the former face of the BT ads, and star of sitcom My Family, Kris Marshall. Marshall will play the bright but “rather disorganised and gawky” DI Humphrey Goodman, a man who’s taken a job in the Caribbean for a brand new start.


Co-starring Sara Martins, Gary Carr and Danny John-Jules, the third series of Death in Paradise is expected to air on BBC1 in early 2014.