Blogtor Who takes a look at Lois Chimimba, one of the guest stars in this week’s episode of Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum.

Lois Chimimba has only been acting for the past five years or so, but in that short amount of time she’s already started to become a familiar face both on stage and onscreen. She trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, whose other alumni include several former Doctor Who actors such as, Don Gilet (The Runaway Bride), Lindsey Coulson (Midnight) and Mina Anwar, who played Rani Chandra’s mother Gita in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Check out some of Lois Chimimba‘s career highlights thus far below!

Trust Me - Ep2 (No. 2) - Picture Shows: Karen (LOIS CHIMIMBA) - (C) Red Productions - Photographer: Mark Mainz
Trust Me – Ep2 (No. 2) – Picture Shows: Karen (LOIS CHIMIMBA) – (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Mark Mainz

Trust Me (2017) and There She Goes (2018)

Chimimba will probably be most recognisable to fans of Doctor Who as nurse Karen in BBC One’s Trust Me (2017). This means that The Tsuranga Conundrum won’t be the first time she’s starred alongside Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor took on the lead role in this four-part drama as nurse Cath Hardacre, who steals the identity of her best friend, an A&E doctor.

Trust Me - Ep2 (No. 2) - Picture Shows: Karen (LOIS CHIMIMBA), Ally (JODIE WHITTAKER) - (C) Red Productions - Photographer: Mark Mainz
Trust Me – Ep2 (No. 2) – Picture Shows: Karen (LOIS CHIMIMBA), Ally (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Mark Mainz

She will also be appearing in another BBC drama with a former Time Lord in the not-so-distant future. Chimimba will feature as a waitress in an upcoming episode of BBC Four’s There She Goes. This comedy-drama series stars Tenth Doctor David Tennant and his former Doctor Who co-star Jessica Hynes (Human Nature/The Family of Blood) in the lead roles. The first three episodes are available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.

There She Goes - TX: 16/10/2018 - Episode: There She Goes - Iconics - Picture Shows: Simon (DAVID TENNANT), Ben (EDAN HAYHURST), Rosie (MILEY LOCKE), Emily (JESSICA HYNES) - (C) Merman Productions - Photographer: Colin Hunter
There She Goes – TX: 16/10/2018 – Episode: There She Goes – Iconics – Picture Shows: Simon (DAVID TENNANT), Ben (EDAN HAYHURST), Rosie (MILEY LOCKE), Emily (JESSICA HYNES) – (C) Merman Productions – Photographer: Colin Hunter

Lois Chimimba at the BBC

Lois Chimimba is no stranger to the BBC, both on TV and radio. In 2015, she starred in an episode of BBC Three’s Comedy Feeds, which showcases comedy pilots from upcoming talent. Chimimba took on the role of Mab in Radges, a sitcom pilot set in a pupil referral unit for out-of-control kids, as they navigate being ‘weirdos’ in a small town in Scotland.

She also featured in the first episode of another BBC Three sitcom, Fried, also in 2015. The sitcom followed the employees of a fried chicken shop in London. It also starred former Doctor Who guest star Mandeep Dhillon (Knock Knock). Aditionally, Chimimba appeared in several episodes of long-running BBC One medical drama Holby City in 2014 as Beth Forbes.

Elsewhere, on BBC Radio Four, she took on the role of real historical figure May Arnold in Homefront. The programme is part of the BBC’s World War One centenary season, and tells the story of the war from those who lived in wartime Britain one hundred years ago. It has been running since August 2014, and will conclude on 11th November 2018, to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

Lois Chimimba On Stage

Since the beginning of her acting career, Lois Chimimba has taken part in a number of stage productions. She has appeared on numerous occasions at the National Theatre, including as Tiger Lily/Slightly in 2016/17’s Peter Pan. At the same theatre, she starred in Damon Albarn‘s musical Wonder.land as Aly in 2015 and 2016.

Chimimba has also taken to the stage at Shakespeare’s Globe back in 2014, in their production of Richard Bean‘s Pitcairn. She starred as Te Lahu in this play about the colonization of the Pitcairn Islands.

In 2016, she appeared as Mel McCloud in a stage adaptation of nineteenth-century Russian writer Nikolai Gogol‘s short story Diary of a Mad Man at the Gate Theatre, reimagined in contemporary Scotland.

Currently, Lois Chimimba is starring in Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planner‘s sci-fi comedy Vulcan 7 as film runner Leela. The production is on tour across the UK, and will end at Edinburgh’s King Theatre on 10th November.

The Tsuranga Conundrum

This Sunday (4th November), Lois Chimimba will feature in the latest episode of Doctor WhoThe Tsuranga Conundrum. She’ll take on the role of Mabli, a character we don’t know much about yet, other than that she’s a medic. We’ll have to wait until Sunday to see how she becomes a part of the Doctor and friends’ latest adventure…

Doctor Who continues this Sunday 4th November with The Tsuranga Conundrum on BBC One at 7pm GMT, and on BBC America at 8pm ET.

“RISK TO LIFE: ABSOLUTE.” Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, the Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly — and unusual — creatures.

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