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
George Coulouris[2] The Keys of Marinus Arbitan
Francis de Wolff[3] The Keys of Marinus and The Myth Makers Vasor and Agamemnon
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

Fifth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Serial/s Character/s
Valentine Dyall Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, and Enlightenment Black Guardian (in all 3)
Peter Gilmore[10] Frontios Brazen
Michael Gough Arc of Infinity Councillor Hedin
Nerys Hughes[11] Kinda Todd
Leee John[12] Enlightenment Mansell
Burt Kwouk[13] Four to Doomsday Lin Futu
Ingrid Pitt Warriors of the Deep Dr Solow
Beryl Reid[14] Earthshock Briggs
Peter Wyngarde[12] Planet of Fire Timanov

Sixth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Serial/s Characters
Honor Blackman [15] The Trial of a Time Lord: Terror of the Vervoids Professor Lasky
Brian Blessed[16] The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp Yrcanos
Faith Brown[17] Attack of the Cybermen Flast
Maurice Denham OBE[18] The Twin Dilemma Azmael/Professor Edgeworth
Alexei Sayle[19] Revelation of the Daleks D.J.
Joan Sims[20] The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet Katryca

Seventh Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Serial/s Character/s
Richard Briers[21] Paradise Towers Chief Caretaker
Ken Dodd[22] Delta and the Bannermen Tollmaster
Hale and Pace[11] Survival Len and Harvey

Eighth Doctor television movie[edit]

Actor Television movie Character
Eric Roberts[23] Doctor Who The Master

Ninth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Episode/s Character
Davina McCall[24] "Bad Wolf" Davinadroid
Simon Pegg[24] "The Long Game" The Editor
Anne Robinson[24] "Bad Wolf" / "The Parting of the Ways" Anne Droid
Zoë Wanamaker[24] CBE "The End of the World" Lady Cassandra

Tenth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Episode/s Character
Derek Acorah[25] "Army of Ghosts" Himself
Thelma Barlow[26] "The Lazarus Experiment" Lady Thaw
Michelle Collins[27] "42" Kath McDonell
Pauline Collins OBE [28] "Tooth and Claw" Queen Victoria
Bernard Cribbins[29] "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[11] The End of Time Rassilon
Richard Dawkins[24] "The Stolen Earth" Himself[30]
Huw Edwards[31] "Fear Her" Himself
Lee Evans[32] "Planet of the Dead" Malcolm Taylor
Mark Gatiss[33] "The Lazarus Experiment" Professor Richard Lazarus
Trisha Goddard[34] "Army of Ghosts" Herself
Mona Hammond[35] OBE "Rise of the Cybermen" Rita-Anne
Andrew Hayden-Smith[36] "Rise of the Cybermen" / "The Age of Steel" and "Doomsday" Jake Simmonds
Anthony Head[28] "School Reunion" Mr Finch
Peter Kay[24] "Love & Monsters" Victor Kennedy
Felicity Kendal CBE [24] "The Unicorn and the Wasp" Lady Clemency Eddison[37]
Roger Lloyd-Pack[28] "Rise of the Cybermen" / "The Age of Steel" John Lumic
Kylie Minogue[11] "Voyage of the Damned" Astrid Peth
Tracy-Ann Oberman[28] "Army of Ghosts" / "Doomsday" Yvonne Hartman
Michelle Ryan[32] "Planet of the Dead" Lady Christina de Souza
John Simm[38] "Utopia", "The Sound of Drums", "Last of the Time Lords", The End of Time Harold Saxon/The Master
Zoë Wanamaker[24] CBE "New Earth" Lady Cassandra

Eleventh Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Episode/s Character
Bill Bailey[39] "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" Droxil
Lynda Baron [40] "Closing Time" Val
James Corden[40] "The Lodger", "Closing Time" Craig
Richard E. Grant[41] "The Snowmen", "The Bells of Saint John", "The Name of the Doctor" Dr. Walter Simeon / The Great Intelligence
John Hurt[42] "The Name of the Doctor", "The Day of the Doctor" The Doctor
Sir Ian McKellen[11] "The Snowmen" Voice of the Great Intelligence
Bill Nighy[11] "Vincent and the Doctor" Museum Curator

Twelfth Doctor stories[edit]

Actor Episode/s Character
Chris Addison[43] "The Caretaker", "Dark Water"/"Death in Heaven" Seb
Foxes[43] "Mummy on the Orient Express" Singer
Keeley Hawes[43] "Time Heist" Ms Delphox
Frank Skinner[43] "Mummy on the Orient Express" Perkins

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Doctor Who Magazine #243, "The Nightmare Man - interview with Derek Martinus by Peter Griffiths. Pub. 25 September 1996
  2. ^ Doctor Who News - George Coulouris
  3. ^ Aveleyman - Francis de Wolff
  4. ^ Independent Obituary - Marius Goring
  5. ^ Doctor Who News - Ingrid Pitt obituary
  6. ^ BBC website - "Comedy Turn"
  7. ^ Cook, John R.; Wright, Peter (15 December 2005). British Science Fiction Television: A Hitchhiker's Guide. I. B. Tauris. p. 63. ISBN 1-84511-048-X. 
  8. ^ Rotten Tomatoes - Julian Glover biography
  9. ^ Doctor Who News - Beatrix Lehmann
  10. ^ Daily Mail, Peter Gilmore obituary
  11. ^ a b c d e f Radio Times, "The guest-stars are now global icons"
  12. ^ a b Metro "Doctor Who: Foxes and other pop stars who have travelled in time and space"
  13. ^ Radio Times - Burt Kwouk obituary
  14. ^ Entertainment focus "From Doctor Who to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – celebrating Beryl Reid 20 years on"]
  15. ^ Radio Times, Trial of a Time Lord
  16. ^ Metro "Acting legend Brian Blessed wants to be the next Doctor Who"
  17. ^ Daily Express cutting, January 1985
  18. ^ Telegraph, Maurice Denham career overview
  19. ^ A Brief History of Time (Travel) - Revelation of the Daleks
  20. ^ Radio Times, 6-12 September 1986
  21. ^ Radio Times - Patrick Mulkern blog, "High-rise Who brings career-low for Richard Briers"
  22. ^ Radio Times cuttings archive, "Ken's tickled lilac"
  23. ^ BBC America, "Celebs who have appeared in Doctor Who"
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h Chandler, Neil. "Exclusive: Time Lord of the Dance". Daily Star. UK. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  25. ^ "I'M A Psychic – But Even I Can'T Tell You What'S Coming In Doctor Who". 9 May 2006. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  26. ^ "Doctor Who baddie role for Barlow". BBC News. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  27. ^ "42: Commentary by Phil Collinson, Michelle Collins and Anthony Flanagan." (audio). Audio podcasts. British Broadcasting Corporation. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  28. ^ a b c d "Comic Peter Kay joins Doctor Who". BBC News. 8 March 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  29. ^ "Doctor Who falls short of perfection". 28 April 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  30. ^ "The Stolen Earth" creditsBBC
  31. ^ Sam Wollaston (26 June 2006). "The weekend's TV". Guardian. UK. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  32. ^ a b "Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead – DVD Review". 29 July 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
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  35. ^ " Crash leads Screen Nation's nods". BBC News. 23 August 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2011.  External link in |title= (help)
  36. ^ "'Romeo and Juliet' Returns to Jermyn Street Theatre". Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  37. ^ "Gallifrey Guardian: Into The Future!". Doctor Who Magazine (386): 4. September 2007. 
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  39. ^ Telegraph, "Doctor Who Christmas special: Bill Bailey interview"
  40. ^ a b Cultbox "‘EastEnders’ star Lynda Baron joins ‘Doctor Who’ Corden ep
  41. ^ Telegraph,"Richard E Grant to star in Doctor Who Christmas special"
  42. ^ Metro, John Hurt obituary ("the most famous actor in the world")
  43. ^ a b c d Radio Times News, "Chris Addison to reunite with Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who finale