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Three Times a Lady

From the scorching heat of San Helios to the relative comfort of a Big Finish studio, Michelle Ryan is breathing new life into cat burglar Lady Christina de Souza…


Michelle Ryan as cat burglar Lady Christina de Souza in Planet of the Dead (2009).

“The aristocracy survives for a reason: we’re ready for anything,” Lady Christina once said, before jumping down a massive hole, outflying some killer alien stingrays and snogging the face off the Tenth Doctor. Not bad for a day’s work. Was the lady who played her, Michelle Ryan, ready to reprise the role for Big Finish – not once, but twice – nine years after she portrayed her in Doctor Who’s 200th TV serial, 2009’s Planet of the Dead?

“Nine years!” she exclaims, with a laugh. “I cannot get over it having been nine years. Then to get these scripts through… I was sort of wondering, ‘Am I going to be able to pick her up? Am I going to be able to find her again?’ I was wondering, ‘Has my voice got deeper? Or huskier?’ But it really didn’t take long, especially with such great writing.”

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From scenes which didn't make the final cut to characters who were completely edited out... Issue 525 of Doctor Who Magazine brings you the best bits of Doctor Who you never got to see! Doctor Who Magazine 525 also includes: • An interview with Will Oswald, an editor on Doctor Who from 2007 to 2017 • DWM chats to Michelle Ryan about the return of her character Lady Christina de Souza • The Time Team returns - and they've regenerated! • Out of the TARDIS with Janet Fielding, who played 80s companion Tegan • A look back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public • Jamie Lenman's cosplay quest to recreate the Fourth Doctor's scarf • Part Two of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2009 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Dead • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!