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Catherine Tate to join Doctor Who

Catherine Tate arrives for the British Academy Television Awards at the Palladium theatre in London, May 20, 2007. Tate is to join the cast of cult science-fiction TV drama "Doctor Who" as the time traveller's latest companion, the BBC announced on Wednesday. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

LONDON (Reuters) - Comedian Catherine Tate is to join the cast of cult science-fiction TV drama “Doctor Who” as the time traveller’s latest companion, the BBC announced on Wednesday.

Tate, best known for her self-titled show which gave the nation the catchphrase “Am I bovvered?”, is reprising the role of the runaway bride she performed in last year’s Christmas special.

At the end of that adventure her character turned down the chance to travel with the Doctor, played by actor David Tennant, but now Tate has agreed to appear in all 13 episodes of the next series which is due to be broadcast early next year.

“I had a blast last Christmas and look forward to travelling again through time and space with that nice man from Gallifrey,” Tate said.

Tate is the latest well-known name to star in the show. On Tuesday the BBC said Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue would appear in this year’s special Christmas episode.

Minogue, 39, will play a “major lead role” alongside Dr Who in the hour-long episode, “Voyage of the Damned”.

The Doctor’s current sidekick Martha Jones, played by Freema Agyeman, will also return during the next series.

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