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David Tennant returns to his role as the tenth Time Lord and meets his brand new companion as filming commences on the highly-anticipated third series of Doctor Who for BBC One.

The new series, which commences filming this week, also marks the debut of newcomer Freema Agyeman who steps into Billie Piper's shoes as the Doctor's new companion, medical student Martha Jones.

Freema Agyeman, who will star alongside Tennant in all 13 episodes in series three, says: "I am still pinching myself and can't wait to get started!

"It's been nerve wracking but David has been brilliant in helping me to adjust on my first days on set. I am really looking forward to travelling through time and space with him over the next eight months."

Russell T Davies, writer and Executive Producer, adds: "We were delighted and honoured by the second series' success, and we can promise new thrills, new laughs and some terrifying new aliens.

"The Doctor and Martha are destined to meet William Shakespeare, blood-sucking alien Plasmavores, The Judoon - a clan of galactic stormtroopers - and a sinister intelligence at work in 1930s New York."

Filming of the Christmas episode which guest stars Catherine Tate as a bride who finds her wedding day interrupted by an alien plot to destroy the Earth has already been completed.

The storyline features the return of the Robot Santas and also guest stars Sarah Parish as the evil, alien mastermind.

Returning cast members include John Barrowman who will be making an appearance in the series finale. Guest stars include Anne Reid, Roy Marsden and Don Gilet.

Writers include Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Gareth Roberts, Paul Cornell, Helen Raynor, Chris Chibnall and Stephen Greenhorn. The directors include Charles Palmer, Euros Lyn, Graeme Harper and Richard Clarke.

The Producer is Phil Collinson; Executive Producers are Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies.

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