The BBC has confirmed that David Suchet will be appearing in the new season of Doctor Who.
The 70-year-old English actor is best known for his role as detective Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Poirot from 1989 to 2013.
Suchet will be playing a character named The Landlord in the fourth episode of Doctor Who Season 10, written by Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett.
Bartlett had a huge hit on BBC One last year with his drama series Doctor Foster, starring Suranne Jones (‘The Doctor’s Wife’).
An official promotional photo of Suchet in character as The Landlord has been released.
Suchet commented on Twitter last night: “Yes it is now official!! I am acting the part of The Landlord in DOCTOR WHO. Always wanted to be in an episode.”
He added: “Also wonderful to act with @Peter Capaldi again. He guested in a POIROT -‘WASPS NEST.’ 1991! … Peter Capaldi was also with me in THE SECRET AGENT. 1992. Great reunion.”
Doctor Who casting director Andy Pryor also teased: “So thrilled to have @David_Suchet on board. And in a Mike Bartlett episode. (Quite unlike Doctor Foster by the way!)”
Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie were spotted filming the episode on location last week outside Fields House in Newport, which was previously used in ‘Blink’. Could the story be a sequel to Steven Moffat’s 2007 ep?
The new season of Doctor Who began filming in Cardiff in June and will air on BBC One in spring 2017.
The Doctor Who team will apparently be heading to Canada later this year to film in Vancouver.
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