The article reveals that she is a geologist, drilling to the centre of the Earth.
Speaking to The Guardian, she said:
I have been longing to be in Dr Who. I have been knocking on the Tardis door for years and it has finally opened. I play a woman in a man’s world. I am drilling into the centre of the Earth.
Meera Syal is to make her appearance in Episodes 8 and 9 of Series 5 of Doctor Who, which kicks off on Saturday 3rd April at 6:20PM on BBC One and BBC HD.
Thanks to WhovianNet for the tip off.