Lenny Henry and Stephen Fry to Star in Doctor Who Series 12’s Opening Episode

Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Stephen Fry will be making their Doctor Who debuts in the opening episode of Series 12. The new run of stories, which will air in early 2020, will see the return of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor alongside companions, Tosin Cole (Ryan), Mandip Gill (Yaz), and Bradley Walsh (Graham).

This isn’t the first time Lenny Henry’s name has been linked with Doctor Who – he was rumoured to be the Thirteenth Doctor before Jodie’s reveal (surely because he starred in Broadchurch, written by current showrunner, Chris Chibnall), and played the Time Lord in The Lenny Henry Show back in 1985, in which he essentially wore Rupert the Bear’s trousers.

Sir Lenny says:

“It was absolutely brilliant to be welcomed into the fantastical world of Doctor Who. The nearest I have been to the TARDIS was when I played the Caribbean Doctor in the Lenny Henry Show , so as a life-long (hiding behind the sofa type) Doctor Who fan this is a very special moment for me.”

You can find it on the Mindwarp DVD, or, y’know, right here:

Meanwhile, we’ve previously reported that Fry would be in the next series, but now, the BBC has at least confirmed it!

Stephen Fry adds:

“Short of being picked for a British space exploration programme and I readily concede that I’m past the age where I’d be considered (if I was ever the right age for such a posting) – then being in an episode of Doctor Who will certainly do as a very sweet second-place excitement.”

He was, of course, name-checked in The Husbands of River Song and voiced the Minister of Chance in the animated webcast Death Comes to Time.

Chris Chibnall goes on:

“Doctor Who is coming back with a bang – with two great British icons in major roles. One of the great joys of Doctor Who is getting to work with actors from your wish list. Stephen and Lenny are two of my absolute favourite actors – and to be able to bring them into Doctor Who, in our one of our biggest ever stories to kick off the new series, is an absolute thrill.”

Doctor Who Series 12 is due to air in just a couple of months – at least according to rumours. At any rate, it’ll be screened in early 2020.