10 British acting legends we’d love to guest star in ‘Doctor Who’

With filming on Doctor Who‘s new season underway in Cardiff, news of upcoming guest stars is now starting to emerge.

Considering that the show has atttracted such dramatic heavyweights as Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Diana Rigg, Ian McKellen, Timothy Dalton, Penelope Wilton, Simon Callow, Richard E. Grant, Anne Reid, Bill Nighy and John Hurt in recent years, it’s almost surprising there are still some British acting legends that have somehow never appeared in the show.

Here we’ve picked out ten of the UK’s most iconic actors that we’d love to see in Doctor Who one day…


Patrick Stewart

X-Men Patrick Stewart


Judi Dench

Skyfall Judi Dench


Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry


Julie Walters

Harry Potter Julie Walters


Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson


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  • Alisha Smith

    I thought that at least 2 if the actresses were on the show…. Didn’t one play the queen and the other played the embodiment of the TARDIS????

    • Josh Desmond

      The embodiment of the TARDIS was not Belatrux but looked like her.

      • Alisha Smith

        Ok. 🙂 Thanks for clearing that up!

  • McCoy David

    no,Idris,the embodiment of the Tardis was actually played by Suranne Jones (I agree she looks a bit like Helena Bonham Carter though)


  • Jolo

    Several of these has been in the show. At least Rowan Atkinson and Judi dench.

    • TheNameOfTheDoctor

      When was Judi Dench in it?!

  • ArcDragoon

    Why Sean Bean? Just so we can see him die again? See him in an infinite loop of deaths?

    • Mildred Rosam

      He must be related to Rory…..

  • Craig

    If you want to play a technicallity, Rowan Atkinson has been in Doctor Who. He played The Doctor in a Comic Relief special.

  • Korgarath

    You’ve got Xavier but no Magneto? Saruman but no Gandalf? Heresy!

    • Korgarath

      Whoops I just saw he’s already been on it so wasn’t included. Can’t remember when though.

      • Jac Patzsch

        he’s the voice of the great intelligence on the christmas special ‘the snowmen’ 🙂

        • Korgarath

          Ahhh of course 🙂 thanks for the reminder.

          • Nate Starke

            should’ve been there in person, not a voice for a mediocre episode

  • Andrew Rawlings

    I’ve got the perfect plot for the episode with Sean Bean. The Doctor lands in a war zone where Sean Bean’s character (and others) are fighting against (insert evil aliens here Darleks/Cybermen/whatever). Throughout the episode Sean Beans’ character is almost killed by various things (lasers, falling debris, etc.) but instead another character dies instead. By the end the Evil Aliens are defeated but Sean Bean’s character, The Doctor and his companion are the only survivors and suddenly The Doctor realises that Sean Bean’s character is carrying an alien artefact that saves his life by sacrificing others. The Doctor takes the artefact from Sean Bean (who suddenly breaks down when he realises HE is the cause of all his friend’s deaths) and leaves him to his life. Bonus points if Sean Bean says ‘I wish I had died instead of them’.

    • David Gallagher

      You lost me at “Darleks”

    • Owain Shebbeare

      You lost me at the very idea od Sean Bean’s character surviving. Oh, and the “Darleks”

  • Ravi Shekhar

    gotta have mr bean man,,that guys a legend

  • Turtlekiller

    Ian McKellen ?

    • smilercat

      Ian McKellen voiced the Great Intelligence I believe

  • Hosfac

    In as much as I’m not a big fan of Rowan Atkinson, I am forced to admit that he’d be a perfect fit for a Doctor Who episode.

    • Video Beagle

      He was a great Doctor.

  • Video Beagle

    Fry has done voice work on some Doctor Who stuff, IIRC.. And Honorable Mention should go to Scottish Craig Ferguson, because.

    • Cowlpadi wuver

      YES, especially since he is ultimate friends with Peter Capaldi NOW is the time!!! <3

  • Magnus

    the next doctor should be rowan artkinson xDDD

    • Tony Perez

      …as long as he doesn’t retire and get married.

  • Greg Scheuber

    Hugh Laurie. Jason Statham. Laurie AS the doctor, statham as the muscle.

    • Scott Johnson

      Hugh would own the roll of The Doctor in my opinion.

  • olicar

    Malcolm McDowell

  • Philippa

    Why is Helen Mirren not on the list?

  • Seph Harrison

    If memory serves, Christopher Lee has been the Doctor twice in non-cannon movies,

    • Rupti

      That was Peter Cushing, actually

      • Seph Harrison

        Looks at Wikipedia, “Whoops, my bad, shoulda looked before opening mymouth, thanks.”

    • Joe Cogan

      That was Peter Cushing.

  • Billos

    Rowan Atkinson has already been a Doctor !

  • Allan

    Sean Connery haha might has well have all our bond favs in there as well , with a few classic one liners between the bonds and Dame Judi Dench 🙂

    • saikaku

      Indeed, why not have Rassilon regenerations portrayed by all the actors who have played Bond?

      • Stephanie

        Now there’s an idea.

        • ?

          That would be so epic…

  • James Jeans

    I seem to recall that David Bowie was originally intended to play the villain in The Case of Androzani, but for some reason it didn’t pan out. It’d be kind of nice if they could get him in now. Better late than never.

    • Katie F Fitch

      He would make a great Master.

  • Andrew Ford

    Sir Michael Caine anyone?

  • Liutgard

    Kenneth Branagh! Anthony Hopkins would be awesome too. 🙂

  • Logopolis

    Oh yes, Maggie Smith as the Doctor’s Mother 😀

  • Jami

    Um, where’s Alan Rickman, Rufus Sewell, Michael Crawford, and Patricia Routledge? Yes to Patrick Stewart and Dame Judi Dench. The rest, not so much.

  • Lithiasma

    Alan Rickman and Doctor Who? I’d nerdgasm 😮

  • Friend of the Ood

    Usually the first name on all of these lists is Benedict Cumberbatch, I guess people have really started to realised that it’s not going to happen.

  • If Bea Nelson-Stanley ever appeared as a middle-aged woman a few decades before the events of “The Eye of the Gorgon”, then Emma Thompson would be the logical choice to play her

  • Sir Ian McKellen isn’t in the list? Outrageous.

    • TechTinker11

      Great Intelligence.

  • marcnigma

    Alan Rickman

    • sarah

      that idea made my nether regions tingle

  • RiahsEpicCreations

    Hugh Laurie please!

  • Trevor Troth

    Paul Bettany as the 13th Doctor, Kevin McKidd as the 14th and first ginger doctor (or the guy who played Vincent Van Gogh as they did it with Capaldi) and Sir Anthony Hopkins as the next Master!

    • Trevor Troth

      and as somebody else just pointed out on facebook, Peter Wingfield would be an excellent Doctor as well and Scott Speedman & Michael Sheen (both of Underworld fame) would be good shouts.

  • Mat Greenfield

    Reunite Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie for a double-act, something like Jago and Litefoot from the ‘The Talons of Weng Chiang’ or the Mitchell and Webb Robots from ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’. Hell, get Emma Thompson in there as well and it can be a proper Cambridge Footlights reunion.

  • Lars Hagman

    Charles Dance (I’d love to see him play Omega), Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Emma Watson. Ciaran Hinds, James Purefoy, Kevin McKidd, Kenneth Cranham.

  • Gazzafaedumfy

    One name that has been missed off this list is Imelda Staunton, yet another would be Jane Horrors,guys missing have to be Idris Elba, Matt Damon,Mark Wahlberg,Michael Caine,Jim Broadbent, Pierce Brosnan, Gérard Butler, to name just a few

    • Jojo Crazylady Ray

      They did say British acting legends

  • Patty

    Hugh Laurie,Dan Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, and I’d love to see Dame Judi Densch as well. In fact, I was thinking why not most of the cast of Excalibur: Ciarin Hinds, Helen Mirren, Sir Patrick Stew, Liam Neesom (wouldn’t he be great talking on the Doctor’s phone, lol?) and Nigel Terry. And, of course the ultimate dream: Brian Blessed.

    • Mike

      Brian Blessed played King Yrcanos in the story ‘Mindwarp’ (Original series, 1986)

  • Kat Casley

    Tim curry and Benedict Cumberbatch. And since he was in the spice girls movie he can be considered an actor, so Elton john.

  • Courtfan

    Anthony Hopkins!

  • Namikaze Seiryu

    Eddie Redmayne <3 <3 <3

  • Jami

    Let’s make it 12 and add Alan Rickman and Michael Crawford to the list!

  • Kathy Hoover

    Is Orlando Bloom (Legolas in Tolkien movies) from GB? If so, he could be a guest star, or even a future Doctor!

  • Giles Gilb Langley

    I would say Rowan Atkinson or Eddie Redmayne.. Also why not the return of Simon Pegg?

  • JBChrome

    Patrick Stewart. …but I’d want him in a beard so that I wouldn’t automatically think “Jean-Luc Picard”.

  • Joe Cogan

    Idris Elba. As The Doctor.

  • Adam Stevens

    Malcolm McDowell

  • Samantha Duncan

    Was just thinking about Patrick Stewart guest starring in Doctor Who. David Bowie should be in Doctor Who is would be great alien lmao.

  • Arthur Ahr

    James McAvoy, Alexa Chung, Cillian Murphy, Christina Ricci, Gary Oldman, Keira Knightley.

  • Andrew Kennedy

    Gary Oldman

  • jenn

    If sirpatstew was on dr who I’d probably die of happiness. But he’s gotta be a bad guy. He does a good bad guy.

  • Jeffrey Westhoff

    Roger Moore volunteered for the job on Twitter a few years back. Mark Gatiss replied “we’ll be in touch.” Still waiting …

  • EdmondWherever

    Ewan McGregor

  • Ray

    Patrick Stewart should do it as Picard.

  • Rea

    John Rhys-Davies – The Timelord known as “The Professor”

  • Rusty Fender

    Actually, I’d be more interested in seeing Patrick Stewart in Vicious w/ Ian McKellen.

  • Anne

    Gary Oldman

  • John Frahm

    Here’s my additional list:

    1. Billy Connolly
    2. Eric Idle
    3. Hugo Weaving
    4. John Rhys-Davies
    5. Sean Pertwee
    6. Hugh Laurie
    7. Robert Hardy

  • Jerry F LeRoy III

    jonny lee miller, sir anthony hopkins, michael macdowel, im shocked that ian mckellen wasnt listed after patrick stewart, christian bale, tom hiddleston, idris elba, benedict cumberbatch, gary oldman, daniel craig, sean connery, james mcavoy, ewan mcgregor, martin freeman, liam neeson, ben kingsley, jeremy irons, keira knightley, emma watson, pierce brosnan

  • rebecca

    Hugh Laurie as the Doctor. If there will be a female Doctor I want it to be Lara Pulver.