Doctor Who star opens up on returning as Time Lord after 16 years

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Christopher took on the role of the Doctor when the much-loved BBC sci-fi series was revamped and relaunched in 2005. He appeared alongside Doctor Who companion Rose Tyler (played by Billie Piper) for one year before deciding to quit. Christopher was replaced by David Tenant and the Doctor has regenerated many times with Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Time Lord.

But after 16 years, Christopher is returning to the series in Big Finish’s new audio series.

The adventures will follow the Doctor as he travels space and time before meeting Rose.

While fans have been desperate to see Christopher return as the Doctor for some time, the actor has been reluctant.

Explaining why it was time to return, he simply said: “It was paid work.”

However, Christopher added the “writing was very good” so was convinced to sign on for the adventures.

As filming for the 13th season of Doctor Who is underway, Christopher shared how he feels the series can stay modern.

He told Den of Geek: “I think it’s time for the Doctor to meet the Cyberwomen in the 21st century. We’ve had enough Cybermen.

“I would very much like the Doctor to meet Emily Davison who threw herself in front of the Derby winner and was one of the forerunners of the feminist movement and a martyr for it.

“I think that’d be extraordinary for him to mix with Emily Davidson and Pankhurst and explore that.”

Christopher added he was “drawn to the feminine” and thinks the BBC series should look at history “through a female lens”.

There are currently rumours Jodie will be stepping down from her role as Time Lord and reflecting on his own time at the helm, Christopher recalled how his Doctor was “lonely”.

“The essential element is that he’s never at home, he’s lonely,” he explained.

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“I thought I could do that. And I think alongside his joy, that must sit there, this longing for home, this longing for companionship, which is never quite fulfilled. Which in a way is the human condition, isn’t it?”

Meanwhile, Mandip Gill who stars as companion Yaz, explained she “couldn’t believe her luck” when she was cast in the series.

“I’d filmed Casualty the January before and that was in the same building,” she shared.

“We were at the top of the hallway and when I finished Casualty they walked us to the canteen, they were like ‘don’t go in that door, that’s for the Doctor Who people.

“There and then I thought I’d never be in Doctor Who… Cut to six, seven months later, you know what, I’m like ‘Don’t go up there… that’s for Casualty.’”

Addressing who she thinks could take over as Time Lord as she appeared on Meera Syal’s Radio 4 series, Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar, Mandip said it would be good to see a woman of colour leading.

“I think there’s a long way to go but there’s definitely room for change,” she stated.

“And actually I think at the BBC and at Doctor Who they are very open and forward-thinking, so yes.”

Doctor Who returns to BBC One later this year.

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