Cast members who have played minor roles in the televised Doctor Who universe who have gone on to play major ones (and vice versa). No other show has as dedicated or rich a history of reusing talent, and it really wouldn’t be the same without it.
This doesn’t even include people like Lohn Levene, whose face was hidden when he played Cybermen and Yetis before taking on the recurring role of Sergeant Benton; or Naoko Mori, whose earlier appearance in Doctor Who was retconned into being Toshiko Sato, the same character she plays in Torchwood; or the dozens upon dozens of people who have played aliens and multiple one-off characters in a variety of stories throughout the show’s history, in both the classic and new eras (sometimes even both).
That would be nigh on impossible.
Because I think that the War Doctor can’t help but be exasperated
the day of the doctor: the doctor + the doctor
Peter said: ‘This is all I’ve ever wanted, this is huge for me. I just want to be Doctor Who.’ You need someone who cherishes it, who loves it and will take it as seriously, if not more seriously, than anything else.
Steven Moffat on Peter’s desire for the role - from the new SFX interview as reported in the Independent
I’m not an extravagant man. The fact that I can have a coffee out whenever I want still makes me feel grateful.
The making of The Day of the Doctor (full episode) - Doctor Who Behind the Lens
when 12 meets weeping angels with clara
This should just be another of Peter’s throwaway roles, but Birgo Lander has a special place in my heart. I don’t know if it’s the cravat (CRAVAT!!!!!) or the crested blazer and white trousers yachting captain combo or what, but I love love LOVE Birgo and would happily watch a whole film that was just his champagne and cigarette fueled decadent adventures.
Alas, that must remain a beautiful dream as Birgo only gets about four minutes of actual screen time and then is seen no more. This upload is about seven minutes because he’s also heard in a phone call, and the only link I have is to my Google Drive because Youtube won’t allow a single second of this film to be uploaded there.
For what it’s worth, a couple of years before Smilla (which I’m pretty sure it one of the first Scandi noirs), Peter was Julie Ormond’s philandering husband Simon in Captives, but they like each other a lot better in this one.