The new Doctor Who series is booking a trip across time to the 1600s, and it’s bringing an X-Men actor along for the ride.
TVLine reports that Alan Cumming, who brought teleporting blue elf Nightcrawler to life in X2: X-Men United, will be joining the BBC series’ Season 11 for an upcoming episode. The Good Wife actor and theater veteran will play King James I, who — according to Cumming — is “a dandy, foppy character who becomes alright in the end.”
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Cumming is only the latest actor to join the new series of Doctor Who, which will star Jodie Whittaker in the titular role. Whittaker is the first female actress to portray the famous Time Lord in the series’ 55-year history of broadcast. After making her debut in last Christmas’ “Twice Upon A Time,” Whittaker’s 13th Doctor will embark on a brand new adventure later this year.
Jodie Whittaker will be joined in the upcoming 11th season by Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK) as Graham, Tosin Cole (Hollyoaks) as Ryan and Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks) as Yasmin. At that time, Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) will succeed Steven Moffat as head writer and executive producer. The new season of Doctor Who is expected to debut in the fall.
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