Now that the Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic Con has begun, the team have finally revealed the mystery panel guest… Jacob Anderson!
For the second year in a row the world’s premiere comic and pop culture convention, San Diego Comic Con, is going ahead as a virtual event. But SDCC@Home has continued the long standing presence of Doctor Who at the con. And ever since it was announced that Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, John Bishop, and Chris Chibnall would be attending we’ve been teased a surprise mystery guest. Speculation ran rampant. Was it a figure we know from past series making a special return in Series 13? Alex Kingston (River Song), perhaps? Billie Piper (Rose Tyler)? Maybe even David Tennant? Or was it some famous name previously unconnected to Doctor Who. Simply someone that’s an impressive enough piece of casting to justify the mystery? Could it even have been someone from behind the scenes; after all who wouldn’t be excited if Russell T Davies or Steven Moffat were returning to write an episode or two for their successor? But now we know the mystery man’s identity… Game of Thrones’ Jacob Anderson.
Game of Thrones star Jacob Anderson is set to make his debut on Doctor Who later this year, playing Vinder. As a recurring character throughout the series, Jacob’s new role will see him join forces with the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan Lewis (John Bishop) as the Doctor faces her biggest ever adventure battling evil across time and space.
Known to millions as Grey Worm in Game of Thrones, Jacob is a star of stage and screen and has appeared in many television series including Episodes, Broadchurch and Skins as well as roles in King Lear at the Young Vic and War Horse at the National Theatre. Jacob is also a successful music artist who goes under the name Raleigh Ritchie.
Speaking about joining Doctor Who, Jacob said “The Doctor has been a part of my life forever, from watching and rewatching the serials on VHS as a kid and being terrified, to unexpectedly finding my eyes watering when the Tenth Doctor said “I don’t want to go”, I always wanted to live in the Whoniverse. Not only has a lifelong dream of mine now been fulfilled, but to be playing a character as fun, adventurous and dynamic as Vinder is the cherry on top. This is very cool.”