Doctor Who: best guest stars from series 7

The Doctor traded Amy and Rory for Clara but she wasn't the only new face in the Who-niverse...

Series 7 say Amy and Rory, err, falling off into the sunset as The Doctor finally found his Impossible Girl but she wasn’t the only new face on the Who-rizon – and you can pick your favourite below.


Claire Skinner

Character: Madge Arwell

Episode: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

Best known for: Helicopter parenting a trio of kids in Outnumbered

Skinner played a heroic mother in this wartime special, whose instincts to help her children truly saved the day.

Bill Bailey

Character: Droxil

Episode: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

Best known for: Playing to huge crowds with his musical stand-up tours; captaining a team on Never Mind the Buzzcocks

The comedian made much of this small role, where he played a bungling miner on a doomed forest world.

Mark Williams

Character: Brian Williams

Episodes: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship/The Power of Three

Best known for: Parenting Rupert Grint as Weasley patriarch Arthur in the Harry Potter film series

The perfect casting to play the father of Arthur Darvill’s Rory, Williams’ dour Brian was a great counterpoint to the madness of the situations he found himself in.

Rupert Graves

Character: Riddell

Episode: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Best known for: Being confounded by Benedict Cumberbatch as DI Lestrade in Sherlock

As dashing hero and hunter Riddell, we saw another side of the usually more naturalistic actor – especially in his flirty interactions with Egyptian Queen Nefertiti

David Bradley

Character: Solomon

Episode: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Best known for: Prowling the corridors of Hogwarts as Argus Filch; killing off Starks in Game of Thrones; selling newspapers in Broadchurch

Bradley added to his sizable CV of villains with the selfish and greedy Solomon, whose generally unsettling presence brought a welcome shade of darkness to his episode.

David Mitchell and Robert Webb

Characters: The voices of robots

Episode: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Best known for: Playing social disasters and flatmates Mark and Jez in Peep Show; their eponymous sketch series That Mitchell and Webb Look

The comedy duo made these bickering metal men an unexpected highlight of the episode – we demand a spin-off.

Richard E Grant

Character: Doctor Simeon/The Great Intelligence

Episodes: The Snowmen/The Name of the Doctor

Best known for: Being a wastrel in Withnail and I; getting a little too interested in Cora’s artwork at Downton Abbey

Grant once played the Doctor in an animated series, but we have to say he’s more suited for playing a villain as he did to great aplomb with Dr Simeon/ The Great Intelligence.

Sir Ian McKellen

Character: The voice of The Great Intelligence

Episode: The Snowmen

Best known for: Helping fools fly as wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies; moving metal as Magneto in the X-Men films

Want to add a bit of class to your sci-fi series? You could do a lot worse than add Ian Mckellen’s expressive tones, which gave the first incarnation of the episode’s villain a sense of real power and menace beyond it’s vaguely snowglobe-y appearance.

Liam Cunningham

Character: Captain Zhukov

Episode: Cold War

Best known for: Being ‘that guy’ who pops up in almost every Irish film you can imagine (including The Guard) and following Stannis Baratheon around as Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones

The eminently lovable Cunningham went far from the clichéd Russian soldier in this measured portrayal, as Zhukov kept his head in the face of an Ice Warrior in his submarine.

Dougray Scott

Character: Professor Alec Palmer

Episode: Hide

Best known for: Being Mission: Impossible 2’s villain, cracking German code in Enigma, a brief stint on Desperate Housewives and almost playing X-Men’s Wolverine

The hard-working actor added to his sizable CV as a scientist in love – but who also has some ghostly matters on his hands.

Jessica Raine

Character: Emma Grayling

Episode: Hide

Best known for: Being the face of BBC1’s Call The Midwife, playing Jenny Lee from series one to three

After playing original series producer Verity Lambert in An Adventure in Space and Time, Raine stepped into the real series as a psychic looking for evidence of a ghost with the man she (secretly) loves.

Diana Rigg

Character: Mrs Gillyflower

Episode: The Crimson Horror

Best known for: Being The Avengers’ Emma Peel and Game of Thrones’ Olenna Tyrell

Sporting a cracking northern accent, Rigg’s villain-cum-busybody is a very different take on evil in Doctor Who, and she’s a truly delicious change of pace

Warwick Davis

Character: Porridge

Episode: Nightmare in Silver

Best known for: Taking on the titular characters in Willow and the Leprechaun film series, teaching Harry Potter about charms as Professor Filius Flitwick, Ewok-ing out as Wicket in Return of the Jedi and playing a fictional version of himself in Life’s Too Short

Davis’ chess-playing Porridge was a bit of an enigma in this Cyberman-rebooting episode – but the actor’s charm and charisma made the eventual reveal of his identity all the more satisfying.

Tamzin Outhwaite

Character: Captain

Episode: Nightmare in Silver

Best known for: Being EastEnders’ Melanie Owen and marrying Ian Beale on New Year’s Eve 1999

She played a soldier before in Red Cap, but Outhwaite made this battle-scarred captain her own in an entirely new way.

John Hurt

Character: War Doctor

Episode: The Day of the Doctor

Best known for: An illustrious film, TV and theatre career including films like 1984, The Elephant Man, Alien and Watership Down

What a casting for a momentous role, with the iconic actor effortlessly bridging the gap between the classic Doctor Who series and NuWho as a previously-unseen incarnation of the Doctor

Joanna Page

Character: Queen Elizabeth I

Episode: The Day of the Doctor

Best known for: Playing Stacey to Mathew Horne in Gavin & Stacey and falling head over heels for Martin Freeman in Love, Actually

Playing such a well-known historical figure has its pitfalls, but Joanna Page dodges them all as this spunky yet believably self-assured version of Good Queen Bess

Tom Baker

Character: The Curator

Episode: The Day of the Doctor

Best known for: Being the fourth incarnation of The Doctor from 1974 to 1981

Who saw this coming? But Tom Baker’s mysterious return to the world of Doctor Who – possibly as a version of the Doctor, but possibly someone else – was the perfect final piece of the 50th anniversary special.


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