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‘Doctor Who’s’ Catherine Tate Taking Over ‘The Office’?

She’s among the guest stars ‘interviewing’ for Steve Carell’s job


She can help save the universe and keep The Doctor out of trouble. But how would Catherine Tate handle a small office trying to sell reams of paper in Scranton, Pa.?

Viewers will have to find out in the season finale of NBC’s “The Office,” where Dunder Mifflin starts interviewing replacements for Michael Scott, the popular boss played by departing comedian Steve Carell.

Every prediction is pointing to the fact that former “Saturday Night Live” star Will Ferrell will take over Carell’s role on the show, but he does have some competition. NBC has yet to announce a successor to Carell, and they will have a few different potential “bosses” try out in the season finale, including Tate.

Entertainment Weekly says that Tate could be a likely successor despite the rumors to the contrary. She is joining other big name guest stars in the season finale like Jim Carrey, Will Arnett, James Spader and Ray Romano. Of those names, only Spader — from the original “Stargate” movie — and Tate are really available to take over television series work this fall.

However, despite that availability, it still looks like the job will indeed go to Ferrell. The actor just finished the film “Casa de Mi Padre” from director Matt Piedmont. He is currently filming “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” with “Hangover” star Zach Galifianakis and John C. Reilly. After that, however, Ferrell’s schedule looks clear enough to take on a television show.

Tate, of course, appeared in the second “Doctor Who” Christmas special with star David Tennant, and later became his companion for a single season, which ended up also being Tennant’s final full season at the helm of the Tardis.

Since then, she has remained quite busy. She appeared in “Gulliver’s Travels” with Jack Black, the television movie “The One Ronnie” and this year’s “Monte Carlo,” that also starred “Glee’s” Cory Monteith.

The one-hour season finale of “The Office” airs May 19 on NBC.

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