Space And Time
Celebrating 60 years of Doctor Who
Several cast announcements have been made since the last issue of SFX. Eastenders legend Anita Dobson joins the cast of series 14, in an as-yet undisclosed role. Starring alongside her is It’s A Sin’s Michelle Greenidge.
Showrunner Russell T Davies posted on Instagram: “DOCTOR WHO NEWS! Anita Dobson joins us, oh the honour! Eastenders, Strictly, Doctor Who, Anita IS the BBC!” he said. “And Michelle Greenidge joins us too, my old mate from It’s A Sin. What an amazing cast from @andypryorcasting. But what is the significance of the doors…?”
UNIT have been confirmed to return in series 14, with Jemma Redgrave reprising her role as Kate Lethbridge-stewart. Hopefully that new budget means she can get fancier sandwiches.
Aneurin Barnard, who recently starred in 1899 and Peaky Blinders, has also joined the series as the “mysterious” Roger ap Gwilliam.
Jack Forsyth-noble, who has previously appeared in Coronation Street and worked with Big Finish, has been cast as new character Will.
Production has continued with filming in, obviously, Cardiff, Pembrokeshire and Bristol.
In an interview with GQ, Russell T Davies talked about the impact of another sci-fi series. “I watch the Star Trek empire with vast envy: the way that’s turned itself from an old archive show into something fantastic.”
In the same interview he confirmed it was “time for the next stage for Doctor Who. i thought the streaming platforms are ready, the spin-offs are ready; I always believed in spin-offs when I was there.”
On an Instagram post, Fifteenth Doctor Ncuti Gatwa posed by a painting of himself at Bad Wolf Studios, alongside the words: “The Home Of The Whoniverse.”
The latest issue of Who comic fanzine Vworp Vworp is now available – with three different covers and an exclusive audio drama – from vworpvworp.co.uk. Alongside the Cutaway Comics range, the VV team have big plans for the 60th anniversary.
Doctor Who is on BBC One and Disney+ from November.