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Monday, 27 February 2006 - Reported by Shaun Lyon

A report in Saturday's The Sun says that "Doctor Who is to land in EastEnders -- and be served pints in the Queen Vic by Peggy Mitchell. The telly Timelord, played by David Tennant, will touch down his time-travelling Tardis in Albert Square in the new series of the BBC1 sci-fi hit. Landlady Peggy -- 68-year-old actress Barbara Windsor -- will pop up behind the bar, while other EastEnders stars could also appear. An insider said: 'The Doctor and his sidekick Rose (Billie Piper) have travelled galaxies far and wide and battled vile aliens, but they've never come up against Peggy Mitchell. ... The funniest thing is she'll be calling 'Time' to the original Timelord.' A source close to Babs said: 'She's thrilled. She's a very big fan of Doctor Who and feels very honoured.'" Of course, this isn't the first time that Doctor Who has crossed paths with EastEnders... that would be the charity special "Dimensions in Time" filmed in the early 1990's. No word as to whether or not this is part of the story, or yet another TV tie-in that may have something to do with a story element.
Friday's The Sun says that "Doctor Who will be joined by an ex-lover, a dancing paramedic and a Dickens thug in the new series. Stunning Nina Sosanya - David Tennant's lover in raunchy drama Casanova - has signed up for the BBC1 hit. She and Dr Who David are great pals in real life. Nina, 34, will appear in an episode set at the London 2012 Olympics. An insider said: 'She plays the mother of a key character.' Strictly Come Dancing hunkWill Thorp, 28, - paramedic Woody in Casualty - is in an episode called The Satan Pit. And Jamie Foreman, who played evil Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist, will be seen in an episode called The Idiot's Lantern - set during the Queen's Coronation in 1953." The casting of Thorp was previously noted on the official site and in a BBC press release.
There are also some reports that state that Eve Myles, now confirmed in the Doctor Who spinoff series "Torchwood" also starring John Barrowman, will replace Billie Piper during series three of the new series; the Daily Record and theMirror say that bosses have lined up the sexy new replacement for Billie Piper when she quits Doctor Who for a career in the movies. Rising star Eve Myles, 27, is being tipped as the new sidekick for the Timelord, played by Scots actor David Tennant. Welsh beauty Eve has already been picked to play Gwen Davies in the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, due to be screened later this year. She has also appeared in EastEnders and has a huge army of male fans who voted her one of the top 10 sexiest Welsh women." Of course, this is very likely only press happenstance and not reflective of the real story (which is Myles' casting in the spinoff series). (Thanks to Paul Engelberg, Chris Winwood, Ian O'Brien, Sean Connolly, Peter Weaver)

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