Doctor Who: Bonnie Langford Returns as Melanie Bush

Star of stage and screen Bonnie Langford will again reprise her legendary role as Melanie Bush as she returns to Doctor Who, starring alongside Ncuti Gatwa, who plays the Fifteenth Doctor in the new series. 

Bonnie Langford first entered the world of Doctor Who in 1986 as the companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors, played by Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, before returning in a cameo role in Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the Thirteenth Doctor.

Making her West End debut at just seven years old in Gone with the Wind at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Bonnie has since led an outstanding career. From her countless performances on Broadway and West End, such as Chicago9 to 5 and Cats, to her award-winning role as Carmel Kazemi on EastEnders. 

Now Bonnie is back, as Melanie returns for another epic adventure.

Bonnie Langford said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing Melanie Bush back. To be part of the exceptional cast, crew and production team led by the force of nature that is Russell T. Davies is a career highlight.

“I’m so privileged and proud to have been a member of the Doctor Who family since the classic era, and to be included in the new generation is phenomenal.” 

Conversely, showrunner Russell T. Davies said: “Open those TARDIS doors wide because Bonnie’s back! What an honour, delight and hoot to welcome back the character of Melanie after too long away.

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) visit the 60s. (Picture: BBC Studios/Bad Wolf)

“And this isn’t just a cameo; Bonnie is right in the thick of the action, battling monsters and chaos and cliffhangers, right at the Doctor’s side, just like the old days.”

Bonnie Langford is set to star in the new series of Doctor Who, which will begin over the festive period after three special episodes starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate air to celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary.

Recently the show confirmed the titles of the three episodes before Eurovision, listing them as The Star Beast, Wild Blue Yonder and The Giggle.

Starring alongside David Tennant and Catherine Tate, these specials include Jemma Redgrave, Neil Patrick Harris, Miriam Margoyles, Yasmin Finney, Ruth Madeley and Aneurin Barnard.

Similarly, the cast announced exclusively to Doctor Who Magazine for the forthcoming series includes Bhav Joshi, Eilidh Loan, Pete MacHale, Miles Yekinni and Hemi Yeroham, in addition to Jonathan Groff and Indira Varma who have been widely announced via the Doctor Who socials.

However, audiences will have to speculate what their roles involve until November, guessing and piecing together clues as to how their storylines create intrigue for Ncuti Gatwa‘s Doctor and companion, Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson).

Doctor Who returns later in the year for three anniversary specials, with the new series beginning in the festive period.

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By Conor Riley

Conor is the Founder and Editor for Cinamore, a publication focused on giving power back to journalists. As a portmanteau of the word 'Cinema' and the Italian word for love 'Amore', Cinamore aims to highlight the love that we all carry for the art of the moving image.


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