Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry To Appear In ‘Doctor Who’ Season 12 Premiere

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21 Nov 19

Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry To Appear In ‘Doctor Who’ Season 12 Premiere

Season 12 of Doctor Who has added a couple of very familiar faces to the guest star line up, as it is announced Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry will be joining Jodie Whittaker when the show returns next year.

The duo of beloved TV icon/national treasures, will both be flexing the acting side of their talent armament when Whittaker returns as the Thirteenth Doctor alongside Tosin Cole (Ryan) Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Bradley Walsh (Graham). Their roles have yet to be disclosed, so it is unclear if they will be showing up as friends or foes, but they both appear in the season premiere episode.

“Doctor Who is coming back with a bang – with two great British icons in major roles,” said Showrunner Chris Chibnall. “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.”

Whilst Stephen is known to many as the host of ‘QI’ until 2015, he has a huge wealth of acting credentials behind him. On the tv comedy side, he, of course, appeared in numerous iterations of ‘Blackadder’, Sky One series ‘Yonderland’, and US sitcom ‘The Great Indoors’. On the drama front, he appeared in ‘Bones’, BBC’s ‘Gormenghast’ and ’24: Live Another Day’. In film, he has popped up in movies such as ‘Gosford Park’, ‘V for Vendetta’, and ‘Wilde’ where he played the title role.

“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,” commented Fry.

Sir Len also has a massive list credits, having appeared in tv shows such as ‘Broadchurch’, ‘The Syndicate’, ‘Danny and the Human Zoo’, and ‘Chef!’, along with theatre including ‘Educating Rita’, ‘Othello’ and most recently, ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’. He is also widely known for his work with ‘Comic Relief’.

“It was absolutely brilliant to be welcomed into the fantastical world of Doctor Who,” adds Sir Lenny Henry CBE (to use his full title). “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.”

Whilst we don’t yet have an exact premiere date for ‘Doctor Who‘ Season 12, it will return in early 2020.