Upcoming sitcom pilot Henry House will feature a whole Whoniverse of stars

Henry House is a new comedy pilot set in the world of a care home for the elderly. When new receptionist Izzy joins the staff, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Paul, one of the residents. Together they explore the eccentric world of the people who work and live in the home, as well as those who visit. With a bit of luck, Izzy will even still have her job when the day is through. The independent film is hoped to be just the start of a series, and nearing the end of the filming. What’s more, there’s a huge collection of former Doctor Who stars among the cast. Some are lead roles, while others cameos, but almost all will be familiar faces to fans.

The new film is a quasi-sequel to 2022’s Izzy vs Jess, linked by the character of receptionist Izzy Orchard, played by Órla Jones. She’s joined by Doctor Who’s Peter Purves as Paul. As well as his many years as a Blue Peter presenter, he played the First Doctor’s companion Steven Taylor from 1964 to 1965.

Carole Ann Ford, Colin Baker, Katy Manning, and Sophie Alrdred also feature

Other familiar Doctor Who faces include Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan, as Verity Totter. It’s an appropriate name for her character, merging the name of Verity Lambert, Who’s first producer, and the Totter’s Lane location of the first episode. Katy Manning, who was the Third Doctor’s companion Jo and recently returned for a Tales of the TARDIS, is Daphne. Meanwhile, Sixth Doctor Colin Baker and Ace actor Sophie Aldred cameo as a father and daughter.

Even more roles go to actors with a Doctor Who connection. There’s Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble) as Doris too. Meanwhile, Annette Badland (‘Margaret’ Slitheen) as Pamela, Ian McNeice (Winston Churchill) as Taid, and Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium), as Jasper help round out the cast.

Exactly when and how you’ll be able to see Henry House is still unknown, though some sources indicate it could be out some time this winter.

To keep up to date with developments, you can check the official Rocking Horse Media page for updates.

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