Latest Doctor Who story The WitchFinders may have featured mud zombie aliens in 17th century Lancashire and Bradley Walsh wearing a towering beaver hat, but it was another star that stole the show: Alan Cumming.
Making a guest appearance as King James I, The Good Wife actor played a fantastically flamboyant version of the royal, bellowing out lines such as “You may prostrate yourselves before me!” in an unapologetically over-the-top voice.
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— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) November 25, 2018
And his campy characterisation completely won over fans…
— Nicola Austin (@nicola_hulkpod) November 25, 2018
Alan Cumming as King James was the thing I never knew I needed in my life till right now #DoctorWho
— Yasemin (@yaz_adventures) November 26, 2018
— Sophie Deck the Halls ? (@SophLouiseHall) November 25, 2018
ALAN CUMMING IS THE GREATEST KING JAMES WHO HAS EVER KING JAMESED. #DRWHO
— Dr Fern Riddell (@FernRiddell) November 25, 2018
Alan Cumming was superb as King James #drwho
— Mr Birchside (@kevbirch1) November 25, 2018
I pretty sure Alan Cumming enjoyed playing King James in #DrWho best cameo ever ?
— Kath Wilson (@katsitter) November 25, 2018
In fact, many are now calling for a return to Cumming’s reign on Who…
— Tatiana 'clearly a trap' Pirogova ? (@TatianasButt) November 25, 2018
— Susie20RF (@pandsreid) November 25, 2018
And on every other show, for that matter…
— Eden (@gogingergiraffe) November 25, 2018
Unfortunately, King James and Cumming won’t feature in the next Who outing. Mysteriously named It Takes You Away, it’s set to see The Doctor and co materialise in a creepy Norwegian wood.
It’s there that they come across a boarded-up cottage, a girl named Hanne in need of their help – and a monster lurking in the trees.
Doctor Who continues at 6:30pm on Sunday on BBC1
This article was originally published on 26 November 2018