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Death in Paradise star Genesis Lynea lands role in new series of Doctor Who

Genesis Lynea will star in the next series of Doctor Who credit:Bang Showbiz
Genesis Lynea will star in the next series of Doctor Who credit:Bang Showbiz

Genesis Lynea has been cast in the new series of 'Doctor Who'.

The 34-year-old actress plays Andrina Harper in 'Death in Paradise' and has also had starring roles in 'Casualty' and 'Silent Witness', but she will now be joining the upcoming series of the BBC sci-fi show, in a part which has been described as "very different" to anything she has ever done before.

In the latest issue of the Doctor Who magazine, showrunner Russell T Davies wrote: "As the heat rises and May gets closer, it's exciting to reveal even more cast names. Bear in mind we've still got big surprises to come!

"To ramp up your anticipation, it's a joy to welcome Genesis Lynea on board. It was a great delight for me to work with Genesis on an ITV series called 'You and Me' in 2023, and so much fun to work with her again, so soon, in a very different role."

Genesis - who also originated the role of Anna of Cleves in the megahit West End musical 'Six' - will be seen on the upcoming series alongside Gwïon Morris Jones, who is also joining for a guest stint.

The 14th series of 'Doctor Who' will air from May, with former 'Sex Education' actor Ncuti Gatwa in the leading role following a series of Christmas specials that saw David Tennant - who initially starred as the titular Time Lord from 2006 until 2010 - make a brief comeback.

Ncuti recently admitted David's return was “a nice little lead-in” before him, because David was “a great inspiration” to a young Ncuti, when he used to dream of working as an actor while growing up in Scotland.

He told The Big Issue magazine: "A nice little lead-in for me! It feels like it’s come full circle - because David was my Doctor and such a great inspiration to me as an actor.

“I would have been 13 - a pivotal time. And firstly, he’s Scottish. Plus he was so charismatic and fun - I mean all the Doctors have been fun, all the way back.

“Well, I don’t know if you can say that about William Hartnell. Maybe he wasn’t fun. But David had such a Scottish almost feral-ness to him, which is what I liked. I felt an affinity to that. So for him, of all people, to be handing the baton over - it just feels really surreal.”