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Actor Archie Backhouse, who starred in Netflix's The Sandman, has been revealed to be starring in one of this November's Doctor Who anniversary specials.

Elsehwhere, Giuseppe Lentini has joined the cast of Doctor Who for its upcoming festive special, according to the actor's CV. It follows news earlier this month by Vee Vimolmal joined the cast and will star in Series 14.

As previously announced, joining the cast for the upcoming festive special are Gemma Arrowsmith (known for Radio 4 series Gemma Arrowsmith Sketched Out) and Mary Malone (known for Vera and The Prince). Joining the team for Series 14 will be Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy (known for Hollyoaks) and Billy Brayshaw (known for CBBC's Still So Awkward).

Speaking exclusively to Doctor Who Magazine, Phil Collinson (Executive Producer) said: "The cast for our end-of-year special is continuing to grow. Though still with some names we haven't announced yet!..

"But it is a delight to welcome two more names on board, with Gemma Arrowsmith and Mary Malone... and you won't have to wait long to find out how they connect to the Doctor and Ruby Sunday."

Collinson continued: "Coming up after that, in the 2024 series, it's a delight to open the studio doors to a former star of Holloaks with Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy. His character in [Hollyoaks], Kesse, doed of alcohol poisoning on his wedding day, so let's hope he has a more peaceful time in the Whoniverse. Although I can't promise!"

He added: "And, in a separate episode, we're delighted to say hello to Billy Brayshaw. And there are so more names to come!"

Below is a timeline of previous announcements relating to Series 14...

5th December 2022

Filming begins.

17th December 2022

Introducing the Doctor and Ruby Sunday, played by Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson, as the first images have been released.

9th January 2023

Jemma Redgrave returns as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, and UNIT, the long-running organisation set on defending the Earth, returns in the next series of Doctor Who.

Aneurin Barnard also joins the series as the mysterious Roger ap Gwilliam.

20th January 2023

The BBC announce that Anita Dobson and Michelle Greenidge will be starring in the next series of Doctor Who.

1st February 2023

Jack Forsyth-Noble has been announced to be playing Will in the new series. Jack told Doctor Who Magazine: "What an absolute treat to join the Whoniverse at such an exciting time for the show! Russell [T. Davies] has brought together a kind and incredibly talented team, and to be a part of the first day filming was really special."

21st March 2023

Millie Kent has been revealed as the latest star to be appearing in the next series of Doctor Who, playing the character of Valerie.

21st March 2023

Sophie Ablett has been revealed to be starring in the new series of Doctor Who.

29th March 2023

Five new cast members for Doctor Who: Series 14 have been announced in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine. Bhav Joshi, Eilidh Loan, Pete Machale, Miles Yekinni and Hemi Yeroham have all been cast in unknown roles.

3rd April 2023

Award-winning actress, singer and two-time RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Jinkx Monsoon will appear in a major role in the new series of Doctor Who. Jinkx joins Doctor Who after completing her sell out run on Broadway, where she made her highly-anticipated debut as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in Broadway’s longest-running show, Chicago.

19th April

Jinkx Monsoon has landed and started filming for Doctor Who and here is the first look image of her in character... as the Doctor’s most powerful enemy yet! Jinkx has cultivated an international fanbase after winning two seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race including an All Stars season where she was crowned Queen of Queens, competing against other winners of the show.

20th April 2023

It’s official, the TARDIS has landed in the 60’s! A first look at the Doctor and Ruby as they arrive in the swinging 60’s, as filming continues for the new series.

24th April 2023

Murray Gold will once again work with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with his musical scores appearing when Doctor Who returns in November for three special episodes celebrating the shows 60th anniversary with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor, before Ncuti Gatwa takes control of the TARDIS as the Fifteenth Doctor with his first episode airing over the festive period.

5th May 2023

Award winning star of stage and screen Jonathan Groff is set to appear in the new series of Doctor Who in a key role. Jonathan shot to fame when he landed the role of Jessie in musical comedy drama Glee. He has since been internationally celebrated for his work on-screen, from starring as Eric in the box office hit Knock at the Cabin, to playing Holden Ford in the critically acclaimed series Mindhunter.

10th May 2023

Jonathan Groff has landed and has begun filming on the new series of Doctor Who and here is the first look of him in character in his mysterious key role alongside Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson.

24th May 2023

Award-winning actress Indira Varma is crossing galaxies as she joins the new series of Doctor Who. First entering the world of Doctor Who as Suzie Costello in Russell T Davies’ spin-off series Torchwood, Indira now steps aboard the TARDIS in her new mysterious role as the Duchess.

7th June 2023

Star of stage and screen Bonnie Langford will once again reprise her legendary role as Melanie Bush as she returns to Doctor Who, this time starring alongside Ncuti Gatwa, who plays the Fifteenth Doctor in the new series. Bonnie first entered the world of Doctor Who in 1986 as the companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors played by Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, before returning in a cameo role in Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the Thirteenth Doctor.

15th June 2023

Having just won a Bafta at the age of fourteen, Lenny Rush’s stardom is once again about to go out of this world as he takes on the role of Morris in the new series of Doctor Who, starring alongside Ncuti Gatwa. Lenny has starred in numerous shows including Dodger and A Christmas Carol but it was his starring role in Daisy May Coopers Am I Being Unreasonable that won him the Bafta for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme this year.

14th July 2023

Filming wraps.

Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three special episodes with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor to coincide with the 60th anniversary. Ncuti Gatwa’s first episode as the Fifteenth Doctor will air over the festive period.

Doctor Who will premiere exclusively on the BBC for the UK and Ireland. Disney+ will be the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside of the UK and Ireland.


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