Doctor Who’s Series 12 will get some serious added British star power when it returns in early 2020.
Comedian Stephen Fry and Chef! star Lenny Henry will appear in the season premiere as guest stars.
“Short of being picked for a British space exploration program and I readily concede that I’m past the age where I’d be considered (if I was ever the right age for such a posting) – then being in an episode of Doctor Who will certainly do as a very sweet second-place excitement,” said Fry in a statement provided by the BBC.
“It was absolutely brilliant to be welcomed into the fantastical world of Doctor Who,” Henry said. The nearest I have been to the TARDIS was when I played the Caribbean Doctor in the Lenny Henry Show, so as a life-long (hiding behind the sofa type) Doctor Who fan this is a very special moment for me.”
Showrunner Chris Chibnall had this to say:
“Doctor Who is coming back with a bang – with two great British icons in major roles. One of the great joys of Doctor Who is getting to work with actors from your wish list. Stephen and Lenny are two of my absolute favorite actors – and to be able to bring them into Doctor Who, in our one of our biggest ever stories to kick off the new series, is an absolute thrill.”
Doctor Who will return with Jodie Whittaker reprising her role as the Thirteenth Doctor alongside Tosin Cole (Ryan), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Bradley Walsh (Graham), who are all returning for their second series.