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Patrick to play a major role in Doctor Who series

Published: Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 12:36 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive] London (ANI): Star Trek star Patrick Stewart has agreed to do a major role in the next Doctor Who series after teaming up with the show's Doctor, played by David Tennant, on stage. The two had starred in a production of Hamlet in the summer, and Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, was offered the role, which is a two-part, involving the Daleks.

The series is set to be screened next year, and it's a dream come true for 68-year-old Stewart, who had in the past revealed that he would like to star in the show. "I have been a fan, actually yes, and I'm deeply dismayed that I was never asked to be in it. I think it's a terrific series," the Sun quoted him as saying.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]A source further revealed that the two actors are fast becoming firm friends and looking forward to working together. "Patrick and David are firm friends now, and want to work together again. They've got chemistry and that's what Doctor Who is all about," a source said.

"Patrick's role is still being finalised but the plan is for him to play a renegade Time Lord called the Meddling Monk, who was last seen in Doctor Who in the 1960s. The Doctor thought his entire race was wiped out and gets a huge surprise to find another member of his species," the source added.

The Monk was originally played by Carry On film favourite Peter Butterworth, and an insider stated that talks are going on for the show. "Patrick's agent is now involved and everyone is really keen. His role is a belter," an insider added.

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