James Norton: I want to be in Doctor Who again

The Happy Valley actor appeared as Onegin in 2013, but now wants to work alongside Peter Capaldi

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James Norton is a busy man; after playing a young lawyer in Death Comes to Pemberley, racing driver Guy Edwards in movie Rush and a psychopath in Sarah Lancashire drama Happy Valley, he’s due to star as a crime solving man of the cloth in period drama Grantchester tonight. Yet, he tells us he wouldn’t mind another stab at Doctor Who too.

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Norton starred alongside Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor last year as a Russian soldier named Onegin in the 80s-set episode Cold War but says he’s keen to add a new Time Lord to his collection.

“I’d also love to work with Peter Capaldi,” says Norton. “He’s a great actor. I have a lot of respect for him.”

But Norton will have to hope he’s cast as a new character, after Onegin was killed by Martian Ice Warrior Skaldak.

“It’s no secret, my character met a fairly gruesome end in my Doctor Who episode,” says Norton. “Maybe they could quietly recast me as someone else. It was a lot of fun.

“Perhaps they could put a mask on me. Or they could perhaps bring back Onegin again, from the alien’s belly…

“If Doctor Who would want me back I would happily to go back.”

His role in ITV’s Grantchester (9pm, tonight) sees him as a curious vicar, who helps a local police officer (played by Robson Green) solve crimes. Norton is also set to play gay painter Duncan Grant in new BBC2 drama Life in Squares. 

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Watch Grantchester at 9pm tonight on ITV