Actress Bonnie Langford, renowned for her success on stage and screen, is set to reprise her iconic role as Melanie Bush in the upcoming season of Doctor Who. This time, she will be joining forces with diversity hire Ncuti Gatwa, who portrays the Fifteenth Doctor in the highly anticipated series.
Bonnie initially ventured into the realm of Doctor Who back in 1986, serving as the companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors, portrayed by Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, respectively. She later made a cameo appearance in Jodie Whittaker's final episode as the Thirteenth Doctor.
Having made her remarkable debut in London's West End at the tender age of seven, starring in Gone with the Wind at the esteemed Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Bonnie has since enjoyed a stellar career. She has graced numerous stages on Broadway and in the West End, delivering outstanding performances in acclaimed productions like Chicago, 9 to 5, and Cats. Additionally, she earned accolades for her award-winning portrayal of Carmel Kazemi on the popular soap opera EastEnders.
Now, Bonnie Langford triumphantly returns as Melanie for yet another thrilling adventure in Doctor Who.
Bonnie Langford says: "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."
Showrunner, Russell T Davies says: "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. 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."
Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three special episodes with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor to coincide with the 60th anniversary. Ncuti Gatwa's first episode as the Fifteenth Doctor will air over the festive period.