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Alan Cumming Lets Slip That He’s Filming a Role in the Upcoming Season of Doctor Who

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Alan Cumming attends AARP's 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

Doctor Who seems to be a popular pit-stop for all sorts of British actors looking to travel through space and time. Yet we haven’t heard much about guest stars who might be sharing the screen with Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor. That is, until now, when Alan Cumming revealed himself as a guest on the upcoming season.

During an interview with the Homo Sapiens Podcast, Cumming was asked about upcoming projects, and he mentioned that he was about to go shoot an episode of Doctor Who, which he was very excited about. Hosts Will Young and Christopher Sweeney asked him if he’d be playing “a baddie,” to which Cumming replied:

“Like a nice baddie. I’m James I, so I’m kind of like a dandy, foppy sort of coward who comes all right in the end. They said he might come back.”

So he’ll be playing a historical figure! James I, who was originally James VI, was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots. James was originally the King of Scotland as of 1567 later, he became King of England and Ireland following the Union of the Crowns, and he styled himself a new persona: James I, a.k.a. King of Great Britain and Ireland, which is how he reigned until he died in 1625.

This being a prominent member of the Stuart family, who was the first king after the passing of Elizabeth I, there’s little doubt that the story will at least touch on the fact that the Doctor was married to Liz at one point. And we’ll be getting that response/reaction to James I from a female Doctor.

Oooh, I can’t wait!

(via Nerdist, image: Rich Fury/Getty Images)

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