Series 5 of NuWho saw Matt Smith stepping into the Time Lord’s shoes with Karen Gillen’s Amy Pond but the pair weren’t alone in the Tardis for long thanks to some special guest stars – and you can pick your favourite below.
Character: Mother/Prisoner Zero
Episode: The Eleventh Hour
Best known for: Peep Show star Colman had audiences chuckling in Twenty Twelve (the series, and presumably the year) and utterly excelled alongside former Doctor David Tennant in ITV’s Broadchurch
The future national treasure was the most memorable of all shapeshifting fugitive Prisoner Zero’s forms, in a nasty turn that made us wish we saw her dark side more often.
Character: Liz 10
Episode: The Beast Below
Best known for: An Oscar-nominated turn opposite Don Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda, several TV roles and playing The Wachati Princess in Jim Carrey starrer Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
A kick-ass monarch with no truck for conspiracy, Sophie Okonedo’s Liz 10 was one of the rebooted series most memorable one-off characters.
Episode: The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
Best known for: Being Game of Thrones’ Ser Jorah, Downton Abbey’s Richard Carlisle and Resident Evil’s Dr Isaacs
Glen brought his trademark wounded nobility to the role of soldier/cleric Octavian, whose eventual sacrifice was surprisingly affecting.
Episode: The Vampires of Venice
Best known for: Taking on the role of Cherie Blair in The Queen and The Special Relationship and playing Draco Malfoy’s mummy in Harry Potter,
As a fearless alien matriarch, McCrory was oddly sympathetic as she attempted to save her species – even if her deeds were perfectly monstrous…
Character: The Dream Lord
Episode: Amy’s Choice
Best known for: An outstanding turn as Truman Capote opposite Sandra Bullock in Infamous, a Marvellous potrayal of Neil Baldwin in the Bafta-winning single drama, popping up in every franchise from Harry Potter (Dobby) to The Hunger Games (Claudius Templesmith) and bringing evil to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Arnim Zola
More than a match for the Doctor, Jones’ Dream Lord was a wonderfully mischievous and unpredictable antagonist – which was somewhat unsurprising when we learned of his origin.
Character: Nasreen Chaudhry
Episode: Hungry Earth/Cold Blood
Best known for: The comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress (and breathe) first rose to fame as a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me, before going on to star as husband Sanjeev Bhaskar’s grandmother, Ummi, in The Kumars at No. 42
No-nonsense scientist Nasreen was the perfect role for Syal, who impressed as a woman who would compromise for the future of two races.
Character: Dr Black
Episode: Vincent and the Doctor
Best known for: Making his name in 90s TV series The Men’s Room, causing havoc on the high seas as Davy Jones in Pirates of The Carribbean and of course, really loving Christmas and letting it snow in Love, Actually
The Richard Curtis regular out-did Matt Smith in the bow tie stakes as museum curator Mr Black, who also contributed to one of the series’ most moving moments.
Character: Craig Owens
Episode: The Lodger (and Closing Time in Series 6)
Best known for: Becoming the first Brit to get a full-time hosting gig on the US Late Late Show, giving the world Gavin & Stacey (and Smithy, while he was at it), hosting A League of Their Own, being one of the History Boys and winning a Tony Award for One Man, Two Guvnors
Corden’s ordinary-bloke acting style played nicely off Matt Smith’s madcap Doctor in this fun and offbeat episode.
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