These days, it isn’t just the likes of Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, David Tennant, and Christopher Eccleston who hog the limelight of Doctor Who.
The long-running sci-fi spectacle has become known for branching out into the cosmos and bringing a whole host of household names into our living rooms.
Even though the current Whittaker-led series boasts the likes of Sex and the City’s Chris Noth, X-Men 2’s Alan Cumming, and Game of Thrones’ Mark Addy, let’s jump back in the TARDIS to see who else fans might recognise. Here are 10 famous faces that appeared in Doctor Who.
A fresh-faced Andrew Garfield played the lovable Frank in 2007’s “The Daleks Take Manhattan”. Not exactly Garfield’s most notable role, he got his big break in 2010 with The Social Network and went on to play Peter Parker in Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man movies.
Sadly, Garfield got the short end of the stick while playing the wall-crawling hero and was famously dumped after The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Instead of Sony moving ahead with Marc Webb’s plans for a trilogy, the character was rebooted and sent to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Tom Holland taking over.
During those in between years when the BBC nearly abandoned the Whoniverse altogether, Doctor Who was saved for the likes of Comic Relief specials. 1999’s Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death starred Blackadder’s Rowan Atkinson in the title role.
Officially accepted into Doctor Who canon, Atkinson didn’t play the ninth iteration of the troublesome Time Lord for long. The Doctor went through a series of regenerations and featured a galaxy of stars including Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, and even Joanna Lumley.
2009’s Easter special was “Planet of the Dead” and took David Tennant’s Doctor on a far-off journey riding a London bus. As well as starring EastEnders’ Michelle Ryan, Daniel Kaluuya played a passenger called Barclay. It wasn’t the biggest Doctor Who role ever, but given Kaluuya’s new fame, it deserves an entry.
With parts in the likes of Doctor Who and Black Mirror, Kaluuya's made a name for himself in Jordan Peele’s Get Out. He’s also currently part of the MCU thanks to his role as W’Kabi in Black Panther.
Known for long tenure as the presenter of Big Brother, of course Davina McCall was going to star in some advanced future where the reality show was still on the air. Trapped on the orbiting Game Station, the Doctor found himself facing the futuristic Davinadroid and asked not to swear on live TV.
“Bad Wolf” is also memorable for featuring the likes of Anne Robinson, Trinny Woodall, and Susannah Constantine. Davina isn’t above poking fun at herself and even had a cameo (as herself) in Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set.
Sticking with the Star Wars theme, Hollywood star Felicity Jones also found fame with Doctor Who when the Rogue One actress cameoed in the star-studded “The Unicorn and the Wasp”. Although it was only a small part, Jones played cockney Ada Mullins -- the thief known as the Unicorn.
Aside from her younger days in The Worst Witch, Jones has also starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything, and A Monster Calls. Georgia Moffett also auditioned to play Mullins, but was later cast as the Doctor’s daughter.
Simon Pegg loves a cameo, but long before he popped up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he played a sinister villain known as the Editor. Appearing in 2005’s “The Long Game”, a post-Shaun of the Dead Pegg decided to take a trip alongside the TARDIS.
The Editor was so creepy, many have compared him John Simms’ later version of the Master. It’s ironic considering that some thought Pegg’s role as the Editor was a red herring and he was actually the Master in disguise.
Sir Ian McKellen
One of the biggest famous faces who journeyed into the world of the Doctor, Sir Ian McKellen is the cream of the crop. The man behind Magneto threw his Shakespearean chops behind Doctor Who to voice the Great Intelligence in the 2012 Christmas Special.
Although McKellen was offered the role of the Rani’s assistant, was tipped to play the Eighth Doctor, and actually appeared as himself (dressed as Gandalf) in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, his best role came in “The Snowmen”. Alongside Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon, McKellen is the third knighted star to appear in Doctor Who.
Kylie Minogue is one Doctor Who star that we just can’t get out of our head. The stunning songstress appeared in the 2007 Christmas special, “Voyage of the Damned”. The David Tennant episode featured Minogue as the beautiful Astrid Peth.
With a spaceship version of the Titanic on a collision course with Earth, Astrid was tragically caught in the crossfire. Swapping Australia for the stars, Minogue made for a memorable guest star. Watched by 13.31 million people, it was also the most-viewed episode since 1979.
Leaving the Whoniverse “shaken and not stirred”, Timothy Dalton was the grumpy Rassilon. The creator of the Time Lord society first appeared in 1983, but Dalton made a bigger impression for David Tennant’s swansong.
Playing Rassilon may not be as influential as Dalton's part as James Bond, but it’s still a great addition to the CV. While Doctor Who tried to bring back Dalton for Season 9’s two-part finale, the former 007 wasn’t available and was replaced by Game of Thrones’ Donald Sumpter.
Already topping the list as one of the best Doctor Who episodes of all time, Carey Mulligan made “Blink” that little bit more memorable. The Doctor-lite episode put Mulligan front and centre as Sally Sparrow battled the Weeping Angels.
Mulligan is now soaring up the Hollywood ladder with major roles in the likes of Shame and The Great Gatsby. Steven Moffat was so impressed with Mulligan, he even offered her an expanded role to be the Doctor’s next companion.