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Published on September 30th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

James Moreden?

After returning to the Whoniverse for the second time last weekend with Closing Time James Corden has revealed he’s already been in contact with Steven Moffat about another appearance as everyman Craig Owens.

Speaking to Den of Geek about his new book May I Have Your Attention Please? (just £5 on Amazon), Corden let slip that it’s just a matter of syncing up schedules before he returns:

“Well, I’ve had some e-mails from Steven [Moffat] this week, actually, about trying to do some- thing. It’s just trying to do something, and tying up schedules really. It’s just trying to work out if we can find the window with this play I’m doing, and with something else I’ve got coming up afterwards. Whether we can squeeze something in.”

Sounds promising enough and, as a bonus to the cash strapped BBC (Save Doctor Who Confidential!) he’s willing to work for free:

“I would love to. Don’t tell them, but I would do it for free. I feel so proud to be part of it, I can’t tell you.”

Oops… Oh well.

Apart from the utter brilliance of the show – which Corden likens to the cross generational appeal of The Simpsons - there’s another reason why Corden is so keen to return; the Doctor himself Matt Smith:

“I just adore him. I say it in the book, I would work with him every day of the year if I could. His energy and commitment is infectious, and you can’t help but get swept up in it. Being around him on a set, you can’t help but be won over by it. He is just so the right man to be playing that part, and I don’t know how he does it. It’s gruelling, his schedule is gruelling. He just does it, nine months of the year.”

Would you like to see Corden return to Doctor Who? What kind of story is there left to tell? We’ve had love, marriage and a baby? Will the Doctor be joining them for some intense mortgage negotiations?


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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.

6 Responses to James Moreden?

  1. Ahh, but we haven’t had marriage. We’ve had a touch upon the subject but apparently they thought it was just a piece of paper (methinks that was Sophie’s thought more than Craig’s).

    Also, please don’t mistake that for a marriage proposal, Andy!

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    While it was nice to see Craig back again, I think the episode suffered from being a set up for the finale…again. If they have a great story that needs to be told though, great. More sophie please. I’m *really* hoping for no theme what so ever next series. I think there are too many instances of the other episodes merely being place holders for the Moffat episodes. although the Moffat eps are great, I think the series tends to be too focused on them at the expense of other episodes. If the Doctor who dies turns out to be a Ganger, well, the Flesh two parter will really seem like a get out of jail free card.

  3. avatar Spacedog2k5 says:

    Ugh! Seriously? Steven Moffat is definitely going to go to surpass Michael Grade’s long-held title of “The Man Who Killed Doctor Who”. Thank GOD for the Classics on DVD!!

    • avatar Barry Rix says:

      No, please not again. It will just mean another crap episode, and a step closer to Dr Who being cancelled.

  4. avatar Lord Darth Tyeler says:

    I’m no fan of Gavin and Stacey, but I find Corden’s appearances in who pretty inoffensive. He’s a decent enough character, and I like the idea of the Doctor just visiting a ‘normal bloke’ from time to time.

  5. avatar Alex says:

    Remember no one outside the UK knows who this guy is or why he should be disliked (hush, he kissed – almost literally – and made up with Captain Picard). I think he was great in the two episodes and would love to see him come back, maybe for a Christmas special. It’s just like what happened with Catherine Tate – at least at first everyone in the UK seemed hard-wired to hate her, but everyone outside the UK had no idea what the problem was. When Michelle Ryan came over here to do Bionic Woman people in the UK ranted about her being in EastEnders. But as no one in North America watches EastEnders we didn’t care (and the show died for reasons other than Michelle’s old character!). BTW thanks to Spacedog for giving me the biggest laugh of the day.

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