Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry are to star in the twelfth series of Doctor Who.
They will appear in the series opener when the TARDIS lands once more, with Jodie Whittaker reprising her role as the Thirteenth Doctor.
“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
The Beeb have not released any further details on the castings such as whether they will be friends of the doctor or appearing in an adversary capacity.
“It was absolutely brilliant to be welcomed into the fantastical world of Doctor Who. 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.” – Sir Lenny Henry CBE
Showrunner Chris Chibnall said that one of the great things about working on Doctor Who is “getting to work with actors from your wish list,” citing the pair as two of his “absolute favourite” actors.
Doctor Who will return in early 2020.
Jodie Whittaker is back for another run as the series’ protagonist alongside Tosin Cole (Ryan) Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Bradley Walsh (Graham) in their second series as companions.