Doctor Who who returns in August
The BBC has released the first teaser trailer for the newest season of Doctor Who, and officially announced the series return in August. The teaser itself doesn’t show much, it’s far too much of a tease but as fans of the Doctor, we tend to lap up anything the BBC will give us. A few months ago, I rounded up all the current information I had available to publish and shared that, and now I believe it’s a good time to do that again.
First, up we have some casting announcements. Ben Miller is due to guest star alongside Tom Riley. You may recognize Ben Miller from Primeval, and Tom Riley is unknown to me, so if you recognize him, well done. Ben is due to play the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Tom is set to play Robin Hood.
Hermione Norris is scheduled for a guest role, perhaps more, not much has been officially announced about her role. You may recognize her from ah late 90’s series called Cold Feet, or more recently M-I5. Also Frank Skinner is due to show up, you may remember he had an appearance in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary comedy special The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Frank’s role has yet to be announced.
To wrap up the casting announcements Ms Delphox, Keeley Hawes, who I hope you remember from Death at a Funeral, will play a new villain for The Doctor. If you don’t, you need to fix that now. We know this will be episode 5, we do not know if this character will return in later episodes. I do hope they have some of these new villains returning.
In other news; The Day of the Doctor won the Radio Times Audience Award at the 2014 BAFTA Television Awards.
“As a committed Whovian, I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures, said Ben Miller. My only worry is that they’ll make me leave the set when I’m not filming.”
Miller achieved fame as half of comedy duo Armstrong and Miller before success in dramas, including Primeval and more recently, as DI Richard Poole, the central character in the first two season’s of the BBC’s Death in Paradise. Miller’s partner in comedy, Alexander Armstrong, appeared in Doctor Who’s 2011 Christmas Special, playing Reg Arwell, but its Miller’s first time on the show and he’ll be starring in an episode written by Mark Gatiss.
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added, “Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it’s about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!”
Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, Upstairs Downstairs) will join the cast of Doctor Who, starring opposite the Doctor. Set to return to BBC AMERICA this year, Hawes will play Ms. Delphox, a powerful out of this world character with a dark secret. Travelling across space and time, the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), will come face to face with the mysterious Ms. Delphox when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet.
Written by Steve Thompson (Sherlock) the episode will be directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Line of Duty,Doctor Who)
Commenting on her role, Hawes, said: “I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I’ve had a lot of fun playing.”
While lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, added: “Anyone watching Jed Mercurio’s amazingLine of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of year. And now it’s about to get even better as she achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on Doctor Who: she plays a banker.”
OH, and then this