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Published on February 26th, 2014 | by Andrew Reynolds

Guest Casting for Doctor Who Series 8 Confirmed

While all eyes have been on brand new male companion Samuel Anderson (The History Boys) who’ll be playing Coal Hill School teacher Danny Pink – there were a couple of new names added to the illustrious list of guest stars to grace Doctor Who.

As the next block of filming commenced it was confirmed that episode 4 of the new series will co-star Robert Goodman – a one-time London tour guide and magician in the world famous Hamley’s toy store in London’s Regent Street – who’s appeared in the like of Game of Thrones, Ripper Street and, more importantly, various credited roles including Hyperion III Officer, Loader and Crew Member in the Sixth Doctor saga Trial of a Time Lord.

He has also appeared in other Doctor Who serials such as Full Circle, Arc of Infinity and Nightmare of Eden in various uncredited roles, including wearing the Mandrel monster suit.

Two more names confirmed to co-star in episode 5 are Jonathan Bailey – perhaps most famous for his role as Olly Stevens from Broadchurch, who’s also appeared in Five Children and It, Groove High and, more importantly, The Bill – and Pippa Bennett-Warner – who can currently be seen somewhere in The Smoke, and also appeared in this week’s Death in Paradise and, has history in Holby City.

So how are the nerves holding out as time creeps onwards towards Peter Capaldi’s maiden episode? Are we pleased with the new guest stars and a brand new male companion? And who would you like to see staring alongside the Twelfth Doctor?


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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 Guest Casting for Doctor Who Series 8 Confirmed

  1. avatar Steve Watson says:

    john cleese playing the master

    • avatar Nathan says:

      I’ve heard that’s who Robert Goodman is going to be.

  2. avatar Andrew G. Dick says:

    If we are getting Coal Hill school, to not bring back William Russell would be a crime.

    • avatar Jamie-42 says:

      Well he is Chairman of the Governors…

  3. avatar STLShawn says:

    I agree with Andrew on his point.

    I have yet to imdb the actors mentioned above, but I am sure they will do spectacularly. It is fascinating that people get to play in classic as well as nuWho.

    And finally,,,, I am really trying to contain my excitement for the new season. I am sure it will spectacular, but it’s still a long way off. So, my visits to Kasterborous are purposely spread out, as are my various other Who related activities.

  4. avatar Schming says:

    Robert Goodman was in Brum!
    That’s me sold… ;)

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