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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?


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.

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