James Corden keen to be Doctor Who regular

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 April 2011
James Corden

James Corden

James Corden is keen to become a full-time 'Doctor Who' cast member after appearing in one-off episode 'The Lodger' last year

James Corden is keen to become a full-time 'Doctor Who' cast member.

The 'Gavin & Stacey' star - who guest starred as landlord Craig Owens in one-off episode 'The Lodger' last year - is returning to the BBC One sci-fi series for a sequel, and now wants show bosses to feature his alter-ego on a more regular basis.

Producer Marcus Wilson explained: "James Corden wants to be a regular! What's lovely about 'Doctor Who' is that people want to guest star in it. We set out the story commissions for this series and we knew that we wanted to do a sequel to 'The Lodger'.

"James said, 'Tell me when, I'll be there.' We thought that his episode would be a one-off, but it did so well that everyone was keen to do another. Now he's pitching for us to do a trilogy."

Meanwhile, Marcus thinks actor Matt Smith's role as The Doctor - who is the 11th incarnation of the time-travelling Time Lord - could go on for many years, as he has so much "energy" for his sci-fi alter-ego.

He added to ShortList magazine: "Matt Smith's role as The Doctor could go on and on. He makes the show a great environment to work in. He turns up with a lot of energy, welcomes the guest cast and is ready to work.

"Matt and co-star Karen Gillan have a sweet brother-sister relationship. You cut the camera and immediately they're dancing to some tune that they're singing. They both love it. Matt especially is very keen to continue in the role."

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