Alan Cumming To Guest On “Doctor Who”

The one and only Alan Cumming is set to guest star as 17th century ruler King James I on the upcoming new season of The BBC’s “Doctor Who” which stars Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.

Cumming himself confirmed the casting on the latest episode of the podcast Homo Sapiens, taking on the role of the first monarch to take England’s throne after the end of the Tudor line with the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. Discussing his role, Cumming says:

“I’m about to go and do an episode of Doctor Who, I’m so excited. I’m a nice baddie, I’m James I, so I’m kind of like a dandy, foppy sort of coward who kind of comes alright in the end. And they said he might come back.”

Cumming previously said last year that he’s been approached twice about potentially taking on the role of The Doctor, but was never formally offered the part. The show has, on several occasions, cast companions and Doctors who have guest starred in other roles on the show so his casting here doesn’t rule out the possibility of his eventually playing the part.

“Doctor Who” returns to BBC One and BBC America later this year.

Source: io9