5 Things Starring Doctor Who Actors You Should Be Watching in 2017

January 9th, 2017
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

Ah, 2017. The year in which we’ll finally get a brand new full series of Doctor Who, after last year’s prolonged hiatus. It’s not all bad news, is it?

The truth is, though, even if Doctor Who isn’t on our screens, its cast members are always popping up in one thing or another. Oftentimes, our favourite stars of time and space bid farewell to the world’s longest running sci-fi series and go on to achieve bigger and better things. In fact, the next 12 months are already bursting at the brim with shows and films featuring our honourable heroes.

For a taste of what’s to come, here are just 5 of WhovianNet’s top picks of things starring Doctor Who actors that you should definitely be watching in 2017. From dramas on the small and big screen, it turns out there really is life after the TARDIS after all… Who knew?!

1. David Tennant in the Final Series of Broadchurch

Everybody loves a murder mystery and they don’t get much better – and not to mention mysterious – than this.

Doctor Who fans know painfully well that all good things must come to an end and 2017 will be the final curtain call for everybody’s favourite detective duo (OK, second favourite – sorry Sherlock and Watson!) as Broadchurch returns to ITV for its third and last series.

David Tennant has established a habit for fronting critically acclaimed dramas but nobody could’ve predicted how much of a storm this particular one would go on to make when it first aired back in 2013. Alex Hardy and Ellie Miller made for must see TV and even Torchwood’s very own Eve Myles joined the party for Series 2. Other familiar Whoniverse faces include Arthur Darvill, Jonathan Bailey and Meera Syal.

If previous series are anything to go by, it’s impossible to predict what Series 3 will have in store, but we’re sure incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall will have some last minute shocks and surprises up his sleeve. As the tagline affirms, “Here we suffered grief and pain. Here we meet to part again”.

It’s gonna be totes emosh.

David’s return in Broadchurch Series 3 is set to air on ITV next month. Series 1 and 2 are available to buy and download.

2. Jenna Coleman in Series 2 of Victoria

Jenna Coleman broke the heart of the nation when she faced the raven at the end of Series 9 (we’re still not over it!), but her fans didn’t have much time to miss her as she was back on our screens before they could say “Run, you clever boy…”.

The actress went from one epic drama to another when she took on the guise of Queen Victoria herself in ITV’s 8-part drama. The series depicted the ups and downs of Britain’s then longest serving monarch (apparently, it isn’t as easy at it looks!) and it proved to be such a hit that it’ll be returning for a second series and a festive special later this year. Because nothing quite says Christmas like a visit to Buckingham Palace. God save our gracious Queen!

Jenna’s performance received particular praise, so much so that she’s nominated at this year’s National Television Awards, where the series itself is also up for Most Popular Period Drama. Whovians, you know what to do…

Victoria returns for its second series later this year. Series 1 is available to buy and download.

3. Matt Smith in Series 2 of The Crown

If you’ve already binge-watched this epic new Netflix series, then you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. If you haven’t (where the hell have you been?!), then you’ve still got plenty of time to catch up before the already eagerly anticipated second series drops in November.

In a nutshell, the series depicts the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the Eleventh Doctor actor completes the royal line up as her honourable husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetites, the first series has just won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, which is basically like a televisual knighthood. There was a Best Actress gong for its leading lady, Claire Foy, too, so you’re in good hands. Maybe Matt will be able to take home a prize for Series 2…

Series 2 of The Crown will be released globally on Netflix in November. Series 1 is available to stream now.

4. Freema Agyeman in Series 2 of Sense8

From one Netflix hit to another! It really is the place to be at the moment, isn’t it?

If you’re a fan of the Matrix trilogy, you’ve no doubt already jumped on the ever growing Sense8 bandwagon (it was written and produced by the creators of the Keanu Reeves helmed franchise), but it’s never too late to join the party, especially as its second series is just around the corner.

The ambitious sci-fi drama follows the lives of eight strangers across the world who suddenly become linked mentally, but there’s at least one familiar face in the ensemble as Freema Agyeman plays series regular Amanita who is about as kick ass as they get. Plus, her hair is purple. What more could you possibly want?!

Viewer discretion is advised…

See Freema in Sense8 Series 2 when it’s released globally on Netflix on 5th May 2017. Series 1, and the 2016 Christmas Special, are available to stream now.

5. Karen Gillan in the new Jumanji

It’s been hard to keep up with Karen Gillan since she bid farewell to the TARDIS back in 2012. After deciding that one formidable fantasy franchise just wasn’t enough, she took on the role of malevolent mercenary Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy (she’s the blue one!) and somehow found the time to front her own US sitcom along the way. Because why the hell not?

This year, though, it’s all about reinvention. The Amy Pond actress has joined the cast of the upcoming Jumanji continuation which will introduce the iconic 1995 adventure, starring the late Robin Williams, to a new generation. And let’s face it, all of its existing fans are pretty damn excited, too.

If that wasn’t enough, she’ll be co-starring alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Nick Jonas in the fantasy adventure, in which her character, Martha, will be transformed into an amazonian warrior when she’s sucked into the game for those who seek to find a way to leave the world behind. And yes, there has already been controversy about what she’ll be wearing in the jungle (see above). It’s like 2010 all over again…

Karen returns to the big screen in Jumanji on 22nd December 2017.

Which of the above are you most looking forward to? And are there any other TV series or films starring Doctor Who actors that you’re excited to watch this year? Let us know below!

3 comments on this article
  1. Steve
    January 9th, 2017 at 8.12pm | #1

    Well, that’s Jumanji ruined!

  2. stella
    January 9th, 2017 at 10.12pm | #2

    yes I do agree with you

  3. Edythe
    January 17th, 2017 at 7.06pm | #3

    @Steve @stella it isn’t a remake, but a continuation in the same universe. Hopefully not ruining the original, but expanded upon it. :)

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