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Published on February 25th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Corden’s Alive?

Those of a celebrity presenter induced nervous disposition might want to look away as it seems every one’s favourite/most hated guest star James Corden may be returning in Episode 12 of Season 6.

According to What’s on TV Corden, will reprise his role as sofa lookalike Craig Owens from last seasons The Lodger with filming due to start as early as next week (since confirmed by the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site).

Corden has made no bones about the fact he would love to return to the show telling the magazine that:

“I’m not sure if my character will be back, but I’d certainly love him to – it would be great. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to go in the TARDIS, but Matt gave me a tour and it’s such an impressive set. I feel very honoured to have been involved in Doctor Who.”

Corden has drawn criticism mostly due to over-exposure since the floptastic Corden and Horne failed to ignite anyone’s imagination. Coupled with this are his appearances on the They Think its All Over clone (itself a formula so generic its model dates back to biblical times when Moses invited the Jews to guess the missing words in the Commandments), the sports based quiz A League of their Own and his dignity shedding Glamour Awards feud with Sir Patrick Stewart (X-Men) which can be boiled down to “you’re old”  “yeah but you’re fat”.

As guest appearances go Corden delivered what as expected of him for The Lodger - a warm, likable charm that he honed on the inexplicably popular Gavin & Stacey – so it will be interesting to see what develops from the friendship between him and the Doctor set up in that episode.

Hopefully it will see this very ordinary character thrown into some extraordinary situations giving Corden a chance to play something different this time.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

4 Responses to Corden’s Alive?

  1. avatar Carn says:

    oh for crying out loud. the guy’s a talentless cretin who shouldn’t have even been it once… think you’re mixing up likable with irritating. So many quality actors out there who deserve to be in Who a lot more than this idiot.

  2. avatar penfolduk01 says:

    I’m not a fan of James Corden. But to be fair, he was pleasant enough in “The Lodger”.

    But I can’t see any mileage in bringing back a character that had “one-shot use” written all over it in the first place.

    I’d love to be proved wrong though. For the sake of the series, if not for Mr Corden’s.

  3. I’m pretty indifferent about Corden, but really I’m not surprised about his return; I’m sure it has something to do with the rooftop “TARDIS” that we’ve already seen in the s6 trailer.

  4. avatar Charlie says:

    I get why people don’t like JC though I think they need to chill out. Either way, Lodger was a great episode with him at his best and I think it will be good to see him back. I, for one, welcome our new comedic overlords.

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