Doctor Who casts EastEnders legend Anita Dobson in new season
It's A Sin star Michelle Greenidge will also appear opposite Ncuti Gatwa.
Anita Dobson, best known for her iconic EastEnders role as Angie Watts, will make a guest appearance in the next season of Doctor Who.
The BBC announced Dobson's casting today (20th January) but did not reveal any further details as regards her character.
In addition to playing alcoholic Queen vic landlady Angie on EastEnders, Dobson has previously appeared in episodes of Red Dwarf, The Bill, Call the Midwife, and The Last Detective opposite Peter Davison. She also took part in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing and appeared on stage in Wicked (playing Madame Morrible) from 2017 to 2017 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London.
Michelle Greenidge has also been confirmed to appear in the next season of Doctor Who, having previously collaborated with showrunner Russell T Davies on his acclaimed Channel 4 drama It's A Sin (in which she played Rosa Babatunde).
Greenidge is known for appearing in Netflix's After Life, BBC Two comedy Mandy and Sky's Code 404. Like Dobson, details of who she'll play in Doctor Who are yet to be revealed.
Doctor Who will return in November 2023 with three special episodes to coincide with the show's 60th anniversary, featuring returning stars David Tennant (as the Fourteenth Doctor) and Catherine Tate (as Donna Noble).
The Fifteenth Doctor, played by Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa, will then take control of the TARDIS, with his first episode airing over the festive period in 2023. Gatwa will be joined by Coronation Street's Millie Gibson as companion Ruby Sunday.
It was previously announced that Jemma Redgrave would be returning to Doctor Who for the next season as recurring ally Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, with Peaky Blinders star Aneurin Barnard also announced to play new character Roger ap Gwilliam.
Doctor Who season 14 is filming now in Wales.
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