UPDATED: Jonathan Groff has started filming for the new “Doctor Who” series. The BBC has revealed the first image of him in character in his mysterious key role alongside Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson.
PREVIOUS: Stage and screen star Jonathan Groff will appear in the new series of the long-running and hugely popular BBC series ‘Doctor Who’ in a key role.
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“Doctor Who” began in 1963 and follows the adventures of a Time Lord known as the Doctor, an alien being with a human appearance. The Doctor travels across the universe in a time traveling spaceship called the Tardis.
While there’s no indication of Groff’s exact role, “he’s about to jump aboard the Tardis in a mysterious and exciting guest role,” a BBC statement said.
Groff became famous when he played the role of Jesse St. James in the musical comedy drama “Glee.” Since then, he has been celebrated for his work on screen, from playing Eric in M. Night Shyamalan’s box office hit Knock at the Cabin, to playing Holden Ford in the acclaimed series Mindhunter, directed by David Fincher. The actor also played rookie Agent Smith in “The Matrix Resurrections” and is known for his voice roles in the Frozen franchise.
On Broadway, Groff’s portrayal of King George III in “Hamilton” was nominated for a Tony Award and a Primetime Emmy Award for Live Stage Recording.
Jodie Whittaker, the 13th Doctor in the series, regenerated last year, revealing David Tennant, who was the 10th Doctor, as the 14th Doctor. The series returns in November, with Tennant as the Doctor, with three special episodes to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary.
The next Doctor, played by ‘Sex Education’ star Ncuti Gatwa, will take control of the Tardis after Tennant. Gatwa’s first episode as the 15th Doctor will air over the festive period.
Jinkx Monsoon, winner of the fifth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the seventh season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” was also added to the cast.
Groff said: “I am so excited to step into the extraordinary mind of Russell T Davies and to see the incredible Ncuti Gatwa step into this iconic role.”
Showrunner Russell T Davies said: “It’s an incredible coup and a great honor to bring such a big star to our set. So put on your space boots, this is going to be a blast.”
‘Doctor Who’ will premiere exclusively on the BBC in the UK and Ireland. Disney+ will be the exclusive home for new seasons of “Doctor Who” outside the UK and Ireland.
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