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article imageEastEnders’ Nina set for Doctor Who baddie role

By Andrew John     Feb 13, 2010 in Entertainment
Actress Nina Wadia, a star of the UK’s top television soap, is to play a Doctor Who baddie in an episode set to air in the spring, it has been revealed.
Wadia (41), a star of the BBC’s long-running soap EastEnders and the hit film Bend It Like Beckham plays a battleaxe named Zainab Masood in the soap, but in Doctor Who she will portray an evil psychiatric expert, playing alongside new Doctor, Matt Smith, who has just taken over from tenth Doctor David Tennant.
Wadia’s sharp-tongued EastEnders character is at war with her gay son Syed, whom she forced into marrying Amira Shah, played by Preeya Kalidas. Syed (played by Marc Elliott) has been in a relationship with another character called Christian Clarke (John Partridge). The episode in which they featured their first kiss was fiercely criticised, mainly on religious grounds because the character of Syed is a Muslim.
According to the tabloid Sun, Wadia said of her Who role: “It was brilliant to be let out [of EastEnders] for a couple of days to do something else and it was great working with Matt Smith.
“I play a bit of a baddie. And yes, like my EastEnders character Zainab, she’s not a very pleasant woman – but at least I’m human and not some kind of strange alien life-form. I play a doctor – more of a psychiatric doctor than a traditional medical one.”
Indian-born Wadia gained fame in the BBC comedy Goodness Gracious Me, and has been playing the strong-willed postmistress in EastEnders since 2007.
Wadia follows her jGoodness Gracious Me colleague Meera Syal into the long-running sci-fi series. Syal confirmed last November that she would be joining Doctor Who in the 2010 series.
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