It’s going to be a heavily hyped season of “Doctor Who” this year, and it won’t just be because two popular companions will be departing in a “heartbreaking” way.
Filming began this week for the seventh season of “Doctor Who,” and BBC News is sharing some of the guest list that has been invited to the party. They include David Bradley, Rupert Graves and Mark Williams.
Bradley might be best known as Argus Filch, the squib groundskeeper at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. However, his resume is far more extensive than that, with projects that include “The Frisco Kid” as Julius Rosensheine in 1979, “The Canterbury Tales” as January in 1998, and “Hot Fuzz” in 2007 as Arthur Webley.
He also appeared in the “Game of Thrones” episode “Baelor” as Walder Frey.
Bradley is no stranger to the Doctor Who franchise. He voiced Shansheeth Blue in two episodes of “The Sarah Jane Adventures” in 2010 for the “Death of the Doctor” episodes.
Graves works on another popular project from “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat. He plays D.I. Lestrade in “Sherlock.” He’s also appeared in “Inspector Lewis,” “Law & Order: U.K.,” “Waking the Dead” and the British spinoff of “Life on Mars” called “Ashes to Ashes.”
Williams, like Bradley, also comes from the Harry Potter franchise, and his character is also popular despite being more in the background. He played Arthur Weasley, the patriarch of the Weasley clan, who survived snake bites and Deatheater attacks to make it to the end of the book and film franchise. Williams has also appeared in the British version of “Being Human” in two episodes as Regus.
Williams also has other genre credits, including “Red Dwarf” in 1988 and “Stardust” in 2007.
The companions, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, have been a part of the show since Matt Smith took over the sonic screwdriver duties in 2010. They are the fourth set of full-time companions in the modern series history, following Billie Piper in Seasons 1 and 2, Freema Agyeman in Season 3 and Catherine Tate in Season 4. Yet, they have stayed the longest so far, leaving in what would be their third season.
“Doctor Who” is set to premiere in both the United Kingdom and the United States in the fall.