11:30 am EDT, April 7, 2014

‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ star Tom Riley joins ‘Doctor Who’ series 8

32 year-old British actor Tom Riley is set to appear in the upcoming eighth series of Doctor Who in an episode written by veteran Who scribe Mark Gatiss.

Riley has previously appeared in detective dramas Lewis and Monroe, St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold (alongside former Doctor Who star David Tennant), comedy series Twenty Twelve and STARZ’s Da Vinci’s Demons, in which he plays Leonardo Da Vinci.

On the news, Riley tweeted: “Well, that’s out then. I’ve been a massive fan since I was even smaller than Jenna. Very excited. @MarkGatiss’s script is awesome.”

Just as Riley’s exact role remains a mystery, little is known of his episode as a whole although it has been confirmed that Gatiss is writing two episodes for Capaldi’s Doctor. However, Gatiss has clarified that though he has been commissioned for two episodes, “that doesn’t mean they’ll both necessarily be in this season.”

Facts about the new series are slowly coming together. Besides Mark Gatiss, other confirmed writers include Steven Moffat, Stephen Thompson and Phil Ford, while the other big guest name so far announced to be appearing in the series is Keeley Hawes.

Hawes, known for roles in Ashes to Ashes, Upstairs, Downstairs and more recently Line of Duty, is to appear as the villainous Miss Delphox in Phil Ford’s episode for the series. She will be a tough alien businesswoman, described by the BBC as a “powerful out of this world character with a dark secret.”

Are you excited for the new series? Who do you think Mr. Riley could play? Is it a crossover with his other series – will the Doctor meet Da Vinci? Leave your thoughts below!

Source: Den of Geek

Christian also writes about Doctor Who, Sherlock and other TV series for Whatculture.

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