‘Star Trek’ actor joins new season of ‘Doctor Who’?

Deep Roy is rumoured to be playing a role in the second episode of Doctor Who‘s new season.

The Kenyan actor, stuntman, puppeteer and comedian was apparently spotted on location filming with the Doctor Who cast this week in Valencia, Spain.

Reports on Twitter suggest that he is playing a robot in the episode, which is written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (‘In the Forest of the Night’) and also guest stars Mina Anwar (The Sarah Jane Adventures) and Ralf Little (The Royle Family).

Roy recently reprised his role as Keenser in Star Trek Beyond, having previously appeared in 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.

He has also been in episodes of The X-Files, Blake’s 7 and Eastbound & Down, and played the Oompa-Loompas in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie in 2005.


The new season of Doctor Who began filming in Cardiff last month, with Pearl Mackie joining Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as new companion Bill and comedian Matt Lucas returning as Nardole.

Deep Roy has been in Doctor Who before, playing Mr Sin in Tom Baker’s 1977 serial ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’.

Deep Roy Mr Sin DOctor Who The Talons of Weng CHiang

Season 10 will air on BBC One in spring 2017.

> Here’s everything we know so far about Season 10.

Are you looking forward to the new season? Let us know below…

  • Charlieboy

    Couldn’t you have just said “CLASSIC WHO ACTOR RETURNS TO DOCTOR WHO”!

    • Dr. Moo

      Same thing, isn’t it? 🙂

      • Charlieboy

        But, more accurate!

        • Dr. Moo

          Doesn’t matter either way since the article’s spreading a rumour that’s already been confirmed as false.

    • Sam A. A. Young

      No, because they feel they have to appeal to newer audiences. A large part of the fanbase only likes the new show (which I don’t understand), and they are more likely to become interested if the actor is recognized from newer forms of media.

  • dave.lefevre

    I love it! Cultbox probably didn’t realize that the top picture is special, because Deep Roy and Simon Pegg are the only two actors in history to complete the “Sci-Fi trifecta.” They have appeared in the Doctor Who, Star Wars, and Star Trek franchises. Deep Roy’s career has been impressive.

    • Deceptitech

      And while I loathe the Transformers franchise, Deep Roy was also in that as well. Face it. Deep Roy is someone people will see everywhere, and not realize who he is, and the talent he has.

    • Ian Kidd

      Deep Roy was also in The X Files in a season 8 episode. 😉

  • Dr. Moo

    You know this isn’t true, right? He’s not actually been cast. The robot is actually being played by someone called Kiran Shah.


    • K249

      First sentence does say ‘rumored’…..

      • Dr. Moo

        But it’s not even a rumour, it’s confirmed false.