Tom Riley added to Doctor Who Series 8 castdw-s8-tomriley

Here’s Series 8 Guest Tom Riley As… [SPOILER]

If your one of those who want to know absolutely nothing about Series 8 then this may not be the news item for you. Why hot have a look at that lovely piece over there about Big Finish instead?

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Then I guess you must want to know more about actor Tom Riley turning up as a special guest in the upcoming series of Doctor Who. For those of you who don’t know, Tom Riley is the lead in the BBC/Starz production Da Vinci’s Demons and he was recently snapped on the set of Doctor Who in full costume by @DWSR on twitter.

Now, I may be clutching at straws here but a guy in decidedly medieval garb and fetching green tights in the middle of what looks like a forest implies a certain folk hero to me.

The Doctor is, of course, no stranger when it comes to galavanting with some of histories big names – Shakespeare, Madame De Pompadour, Emperor Nero, Elizabeth I (and Liz X for that matter) – but with the exception of Sylvester McCoy’s encounters with the Arthurian legend in Battlefield the semi-historic folkfore folk have never put in much of an appearance.

Tom Riley

Could the inclusion of Robin Hood signal the start of a trend? Can we expect to see the Doctor hook up with Lord Lambton to take down the famous Worm from the Wear (I still pray for that one to happen) or perhaps an adventure with William Tell? What are your thoughts: should we see more fantastical historical figures or should we leave them out and stick to mucking about with real history? Let us know your views below, or maybe just set off a sing-song about the Lambton Worm… just me then?


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