Stephen Fry to Star in Doctor Who Series 12 Opener

Stephen Fry will star in the first episode of Doctor Who Series 12, although we don’t as yet know which part he’ll play. Fry was previously seen shooting for the serial at the Swansea Guildhall late last month.

This will be Fry’s first actual appearance in the series, although not his first connection with Doctor Who: aside from being name-checked in The Husbands of River Song, he also voiced the Minister of Chance in the animated webcast Death Comes to Time, released in 2001 on the BBC website and co-starring Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor and Sophie Aldred’s Ace.

He was further due to write an episode for Doctor Who Series 2 (2006), but amendments were needed on the script which Fry was too busy to do, meaning it was replaced by Fear Her.

The first story of Series 12 is likely to be a spy drama, directed by Jamie Stone, and co-starring Dominique Maher (The Devil Speaks) as Agent Browning, Darron Meyer (Deep State) as Seesay, and Ronan Summers (Welcome to Murdertown) as Rendition Man. Here’s the full list of Series 12 directors (subject to change):

  1. Jamie Stone
  2. Jamie Stone
  3. Lee Haven Jones
  4. Lee Haven Jones
  5. Jamie Stone
  6. Nida Manzoor
  7. Nida Manzoor
  8. Emma Sullivan
  9. Jamie Stone
  10. Jamie Stone

Stone (grandson of former Mastermind host, Magnus Magnusson) previously directed a couple of shorts – The Last Day (the prelude to The Day of the Doctor) and Clara and the TARDIS, released as part of the Series 7 boxset.

Doctor Who Series 12 will begin in early 2020.