Doctor Who Ruth Madeley

Ruth Madeley’s Doctor Who character to play “integral role”

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In an exclusive update to Doctor Who Magazine 586 on production from his office at Wolf Studios in Cardiff, executive producer Phil Collinson hinted that we might see more of character Shirley Anne Bingham beyond the Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials.

“It’s our great delight to show an all-too-brief moment of Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne Bingham,” he said of her brief appearance in the 60th Anniversary trailer released on December 25, 2022. “There’s lots more of Shirley to come, as she plays an integral role in the new Whoniverse.”

Doctor Who Ruth Madeley

Madeley is no stranger to the Doctor Who expanded universe. She voices marine biologist Hebe Harrison alongside Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford (Mel) in Sixth Doctor Big Finish audio dramas.
She has also starred in Russell T Davies’ 2019 BBC/HBO series Years and Years.

Madeley is a wheelchair user and there are rumours that the Fifteenth Doctor’s TARDIS is wheelchair-accessible.

Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three 60th anniversary specials starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor. In the following festive period, Ncuti Gatwa will star in his first full Doctor Who episode as the Fifteenth Doctor.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 586 is on sale Thursday 5 January from Panini, WH Smith and as a digital edition from PocketMags.