Former Doctor Who star Sylvester McCoy has sung the praises of Bonnie Langford after it was revealed she would be reprising her role as classic companion Mel Bush in the upcoming 14th season.


Langford's initial run on the beloved sci-fi series coincided with McCoy's stint as the Seventh Doctor, and the Scottish actor is clearly delighted about her return – especially given his view that she was previously "underused" on the show.

"How wonderful to hear Bonnie is coming back to Doctor Who," McCoy exclusively told

"I’m sure she won’t mind my stating, when she was with me, the production underused Bonnie. She has shined brightly since in the Big Finish Doctor Who stories she recorded with Colin [Baker] and I."

And he added: "How brilliant it will be for us all to see how bright beautiful Bonnie can be in Who. She was bloody marvellous in EastEnders!"

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After much speculation, Langford's return for season 14 was confirmed last week, with showrunner Russell T Davies saying that it was an "honour, delight and hoot to welcome back the character of Melanie, after too long away".

He also revealed that the return "isn't just a cameo", assuring Whovians that "Bonnie is right in the thick of the action, battling monsters and chaos and cliffhangers".

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Langford herself said that she was "absolutely thrilled" to be returning and that working alongside Davies and the rest of the cast and crew had been a "career highlight".

"I’m so privileged and proud to have been a member of the Doctor Who family since the classic era and to be included in the new generation is phenomenal," she continued.

Langford previously returned for a brief cameo in Jodie Whittaker's final episode, The Power of the Doctor, when she appeared alongside the likes of William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Janet Fielding (Tegan) in a touching scene to see out the Thirteenth Doctor.

And now, she'll reappear in the next season of the show starring Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson.

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