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


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.


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. 


Watch Grantchester at 9pm tonight on ITV