List of guest appearances in Doctor Who

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This is a list of actors who have made guest appearances in Doctor Who. These actors were well-known names at the time of their appearance in the series, which frequently caused interest in the media towards the latest story. Actors who became famous after their Doctor Who appearance are not present in this list.

First Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Serial/s Character/s
Robert Beatty[1] The Tenth Planet General Cutler
Peter Butterworth The Time Meddler and The Dalek's Master Plan The Monk
George Coulouris[2] The Keys of Marinus Arbitan
Francis de Wolff[3] The Keys of Marinus and The Myth Makers Vasor and Agamemnon
Michael Gough The Celestial Toymaker Celestial Toymaker
Kenneth Kendall The War Machines Himself

Second Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Serial/s Character/s
Bernard Bresslaw[1] The Ice Warriors Varga
Marius Goring, CBE[4] The Evil of the Daleks Theodore Maxtible

Third Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Serial/s Character/s
Ingrid Pitt[5] The Time Monster Queen Galleia

Fourth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Serial/s Character/s
Eleanor Bron[6] City of Death Art Gallery Visitor
John Cleese[7] City of Death Art critic
Julian Glover[8] City of Death Count/Scaroth
Beatrix Lehmann[9] The Stones of Blood Prof. Emilia Rumford
Tim Pigott-Smith[10] The Masque of Mandragora Marco

Fifth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Serial/s Character/s
Lynda Baron Enlightenment Captain Wrack
Martin Clunes Snakedance Lon
Valentine Dyall Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, and Enlightenment Black Guardian (in all 3)
Peter Gilmore[11] Frontios Brazen
Michael Gough Arc of Infinity Councillor Hedin
Nerys Hughes[12] Kinda Todd
Leee John[13] Enlightenment Mansell
Burt Kwouk[14] Four to Doomsday Lin Futu
Ingrid Pitt Warriors of the Deep Dr Solow
Beryl Reid[15] Earthshock Briggs
Peter Wyngarde[13] Planet of Fire Timanov

Sixth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Serial/s Characters
Honor Blackman [16] The Trial of a Time Lord: Terror of the Vervoids Professor Lasky
Brian Blessed[17] The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp Yrcanos
Faith Brown[18] Attack of the Cybermen Flast
Maurice Denham OBE[19] The Twin Dilemma Azmael/Professor Edgeworth
Alexei Sayle[20] Revelation of the Daleks D.J.
Joan Sims[21] The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet Katryca

Seventh Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Serial/s Character/s
Richard Briers[22] Paradise Towers Chief Caretaker
Ken Dodd[23] Delta and the Bannermen Tollmaster
Hale and Pace[12] Survival Len and Harvey

Eighth Doctor television movie[edit]

Actor Television movie Character
Eric Roberts[24] Doctor Who The Master

Ninth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Episode/s Character
Davina McCall[25] "Bad Wolf" Davinadroid
Simon Pegg[25] "The Long Game" The Editor
Anne Robinson[25] "Bad Wolf" / "The Parting of the Ways" Anne Droid
Zoë Wanamaker[25] CBE "The End of the World" Lady Cassandra

Tenth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Episode/s Character
Derek Acorah[26] "Army of Ghosts" Himself
Thelma Barlow[27] "The Lazarus Experiment" Lady Thaw
Michelle Collins[28] "42" Kath McDonell
Pauline Collins OBE [29] "Tooth and Claw" Queen Victoria
Bernard Cribbins[30] "Voyage of the Damned", "Partners in Crime", "The Sontaran Stratagem" / "The Poison Sky",
"Turn Left", "The Stolen Earth" / "Journey's End", The End of Time
Wilfred Mott
Timothy Dalton[12] The End of Time Rassilon
Richard Dawkins[25] "The Stolen Earth" Himself[31]
Huw Edwards[32] "Fear Her" Himself
Lee Evans[33] "Planet of the Dead" Malcolm Taylor
Mark Gatiss[34] "The Lazarus Experiment" Professor Richard Lazarus
Trisha Goddard[35] "Army of Ghosts" Herself
Mona Hammond[36] OBE "Rise of the Cybermen" Rita-Anne
Andrew Hayden-Smith[37] "Rise of the Cybermen" / "The Age of Steel" and "Doomsday" Jake Simmonds
Anthony Head[29] "School Reunion" Mr Finch
Derek Jacobi "Utopia" Professor Yana
Peter Kay[25] "Love & Monsters" Victor Kennedy
Felicity Kendal CBE [25] "The Unicorn and the Wasp" Lady Clemency Eddison[38]
Harry Lloyd "Human Nature" / "The Family of Blood" Baines
Roger Lloyd-Pack[29] "Rise of the Cybermen" / "The Age of Steel" John Lumic
Kylie Minogue[12] "Voyage of the Damned" Astrid Peth
Tracy-Ann Oberman[29] "Army of Ghosts" / "Doomsday" Yvonne Hartman
Michelle Ryan[33] "Planet of the Dead" Lady Christina de Souza
John Simm[39] "Utopia", "The Sound of Drums", "Last of the Time Lords", The End of Time Harold Saxon/The Master
Zoë Wanamaker[25] CBE "New Earth" Lady Cassandra

Eleventh Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Episode/s Character
Bill Bailey[40] "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" Droxil
Lynda Baron[41] "Closing Time" Val
Hugh Bonneville "The Curse of the Black Spot" , "A Good Man Goes to War" Henry Avery
David Bradley[42] "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" Solomon
James Corden[41] "The Lodger", "Closing Time" Craig
Liam Cunningham "Cold War" Captain Zhukov
Warwick Davis "Nightmare in Silver" Porridge
Iain Glen "The Time of Angels" / "Flesh and Stone" Octavian
Richard E. Grant[43] "The Snowmen", "The Bells of Saint John", "The Name of the Doctor" Dr. Walter Simeon / The Great Intelligence
John Hurt[44] "The Name of the Doctor", "The Day of the Doctor" The Doctor
Suranne Jones "The Doctor's Wife" Idris
Sir Ian McKellen[12] "The Snowmen" Voice of the Great Intelligence
David Mitchell[45] "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" Voice of Robot 1
Bill Nighy[12] "Vincent and the Doctor" Museum Curator
Jessica Raine "Hide" Emma Grayling
Diana Rigg "The Crimson Horror" Mrs. Gillyflower
Robert Webb[46] "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" Voice of Robot 2
Mark Williams "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" , "The Power of Three" Brian Williams

Twelfth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Episode/s Character
Chris Addison[47] "The Caretaker", "Dark Water"/"Death in Heaven" Seb
Greg Davies "The Husbands of River Song" King Hydroflax
Foxes[47] "Mummy on the Orient Express" Singer
Nick Frost Death in Heaven , Last Christmas Santa Claus
Keeley Hawes "Time Heist" Ms Delphox
Matt Lucas "The Husbands of River Song" (and series regular thereafter) Nardole
Reece Shearsmith "Sleep No More" / "The Doctor Falls" Rassmussen
John Simm "World Enough and Time" / "The Doctor Falls" The Master
Frank Skinner "Mummy on the Orient Express" Perkins
David Suchet "Knock Knock" The Landlord
Maisie Williams The Girl Who Died / The Woman Who Lived , Face the Raven , Hell Bent Ashildr / Me

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