Two-time Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon has joined the cast of Doctor Who’s new season in what is believed to be a major role.
“In a galaxy of comets and supernovas, here comes the biggest star of all,” showrunner Russell T Davies said. “Jinkx Monsoon is on a collision course with the TARDIS, and ‘Doctor Who’ will never be the same again.”
Russell was the driving force in the show’s revival in 2005, as well as spin offs such as Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
His original run on the series was met with overwhelming critical acclaim and has been widely attributed as a reason for the show’s success when it was rebooted in the 2000s, with fans eagerly awaiting his return.
Jinkx’s casting comes hot on the heels of her time as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in Chicago on Broadway coming to an end.
Her appearances were met with widespread acclaim and her shows saw standing-room only crowds.
Discussing her upcoming role in Doctor Who, Jinkx said: “I’m honoured, thrilled, and utterly excited to join ‘Doctor Who!’ Russell T Davies is a visionary and a brilliant writer — I can’t wait to get into the weeds with him and the crew! I hope there’s room in the TARDIS for my luggage.”
Doctor Who is set to return in November 2023 to celebrate its 60th anniversary with three special episodes.
David Tennant will return as the 14th Doctor, while Catherine Tate is reprising her role as fan favourite character Donna Noble.
The next Doctor will be played by Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa, whose first episode will air over the festive period later this year.