Doctor Who has landed two high-profile guest stars. Stephen Fry (24: Live Another Day, Bones) and Sir Lenny Henry (The Syndicate, Broadchurch) have signed on to appear in the show’s upcoming twelfth season. They will both appear in the season premiere.
“Short of being picked for a British space exploration programme 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”, Stephen Fry said.
“It was absolutely brilliant to be welcomed into the fantastical world of Doctor Who”, added Sir Lenny Henry CBE. “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.”
While showrunner Chris Chibnall added: “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 favourite actors – and to be able to bring them into Doctor Who, in one of our biggest ever stories to kick off the new series, is an absolute thrill.”
Doctor Who is produced by BBC Studios and stars Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. BBC America co-produces for the U.S. market. Chris Chibnall is the executive producer and showrunner. The eleventh season was the show’s biggest in over a decade, with an average audience of 8.6m viewers in the 28 days following broadcast, across all available devices.