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Doctor Who gave me perfect tonic; Tracy-Ann Oberman needed a lift after a dramatic exit from EastEnders and got it when her favourite programme called DOCTOR WHO SATURDAY, BBC1, 7pm.

Tracy-Ann Oberman fulfilled a childhood dream when she landed a role on Doctor Who in her first television appearance since leaving EastEnders.

"I have been a Doctor Who fan since I was a small child," says Tracy-Ann, 35, who is best known as murderer Chrissie Watts in EastEnders.

"After leaving EastEnders I wanted the next job I did to really excite me. And when the Doctor Who part came up it was the perfect piece of work to do. It appealed on every level."

Tracy-Ann - who plays villainess Yvonne Hartman in the final two episodes of the current series - was thrilled to be on set for the first time.

"I was beside myself with excitement," she smiles. "I couldn't believe it when I was there and actually got to go inside the Tardis.

"Everybody on set seemed to be big fans of Doctor Who. It was one of the nicest jobs I've ever done.

"I was only about four when I first started watching Doctor Who and used to see it every Saturday with our next door neighbours' kid. And we really did hide behind the sofa and peek round to watch it.

"I remember being totally traumatised when a spider jumped onto the back of the Doctor, then played by Jon Pertwee, and he turned into Tom Baker. That was my seminal TV moment as a child.

"It was quite unusual for a girl to be a Doctor Who fan but I just loved the show. I watched all through the Tom Baker years and right up until Peter Davison took over.

"But by then I was a bit older and slightly lost interest.

"I even used to watch repeats of the old black-and-white stories featuring the first Doctor, William Hartnell. I just loved the whole world of Doctor Who creates and found it very believable.

"I was quite a logical child and it all made sense to me. I was always interested in the idea of being able to travel through time and I loved the thought of there being parallel universes."

Tracy-Ann - who will also soon be seen in a new BBC drama about postmen called Sorted and is also pregnant in real-life with her first baby - enjoyed playing snappy dresser Yvonne, who causes havoc for the Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper).

"My character, Yvonne Hartman, is a strong woman and a fundamentalist. She can be very charming and respects the Doctor but she's very wary of aliens.

"She runs a thing called The Torchwood Institute and although I'm not allowed to say too much about the storyline I can tell you that she does cause rather a lot of trouble."


WHO'S THAT GIRL... Tracy as Yvonne on Doctor Who with Raji James (Dr Rajesh Singh) and David Tennant (the Doctor)' KILLER... Tracy-Ann as Chrissie Watts
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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