Ten of my favourite Doctor Who guest stars

A new series of Doctor Who is on the corner but rather than speculate about things we don’t know to be true let’s do something a bit different. Throughout its long, illustrious history the show has had a brilliant array of guest stars, and Series 12 is seeing a number of high profile actors join the Who guest star pantheon. So let’s take a look at some of the best guest performances from the shows past. Most of these will be from the revival because the original run didn’t focus as much on guest stars and actors from outside the Who sphere but when they did, they were great, as you’ll see. Also, just because I like the actor doesn’t mean I like the story, so not every story here is one I love- I just love the performance. There are also lots of great actors such as Nick Frost who were wasted with scripts that gave them nothing to do or actors like Ian McKellen who are great… at voicing a snowglobe. So not every guest actor I like is here. With that said, let’s not waste anymore time and dive straight in-

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The Witchfinders review- I missed a week!

Whoops, I missed a week. Events such as college, college and college prevented me from writing a Kerblam! review but in short: loved it, most fun episode since The Crimson Horror, bring Twirly back as a companion, Pete McTighe needs to write more episodes and it should have been episode 5. Now onto this week’s episode, The Witchfinders, which I’ve been anticipating for a while. I love historical episodes and the witch trials are a fascinating period of English history. With a female Doctor this premise promised great things and the episode even secured probably the biggest guest star since John Hurt with Alan Cumming (known to nerds like me as Nightcrawler from X-Men 2) as King James I & VI (it’s complicated). Fortunately this episode lived up to the hype by being a return to traditional Who- monsters, history and horror combining in a gloriously entertaining episode with one amazing guest role. Chris Chibnall may be an excellent showrunner, but he should really leave the majority of the writing to guest writers. Joy Wilkinson gets Who.

Alan Cumming wonders how much scenery he can chew in a single take.

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