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Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry

Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry CBE to appear in series 12

With filming of Series 12 officially completed, the new series isn’t too far away and the BBC are already teasing us with an exciting announcement of two national treasures making their Doctor Who debut.

Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry CBE will both make guest appearances in the series 12 opener. Both have a rich history of acting, comedy and writing, with Stephen Fry’s credits including A Bit of Fry and Laurie and panel show QI, while Lenny Henry is known for his stand up career and work with the charity Comic Relief.

No details of their characters have been revealed yet, but speaking about his appearance, Stephen Fry said:

“Short of being picked for a British space exploration programme and I readily concede that I’m past the age where I’d be considered (if I was ever the right age for such a posting) – then being in an episode of Doctor Who will certainly do as a very sweet second-place excitement.”

Sir Lenny Henry CBE added:

“It was absolutely brilliant to be welcomed into the fantastical world of Doctor Who. The nearest I have been to the TARDIS was when I played the Caribbean Doctor in the Lenny Henry Show , so as a life-long (hiding behind the sofa type) Doctor Who fan this is a very special moment for me.”

Showrunner Chris Chibnall said:

“Doctor Who is coming back with a bang – with two great British icons in major roles. One of the great joys of Doctor Who is getting to work with actors from your wish list. Stephen and Lenny are two of my absolute favourite actors – and to be able to bring them into Doctor Who, in one of our biggest ever stories to kick off the new series, is an absolute thrill.”

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