Doctor Who is back for twelve superb weeks, battling Daleks, Cybermen and plenty of robots. But did you know these Series 8 actors and actresses are on Twitter?
The Internet isn’t generally a positive place – social networking doubly so – but there’s a genuinely lovely sense of community on Twitter. Join in with us Whovians as we celebrate Series 8! (Here are some things Dr. Who fans should already know before getting into the deep end.)
Travelling lighht, travelling liiiggghhht pic.twitter.com/nVPbg56vw2
— Jenna Coleman (@Jenna_Coleman_) August 14, 2014
Jenna’s starred as Clara Oswald opposite two Doctors now and has had a record-breaking three debut adventures, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen and The Bells of St. John.
Even though she had an account last year, she’s only recently taken to the social networking site properly to promote the show’s world tour.
You may know her face from Ripper Street or Lip Service, but if you’re trying to picture her in Doctor Who, you might not know her face at all! Neve has played various Silurians since 2010, but most notably stars as Madam Vastra. As part of the Paternoster Gang, she appeared in the Twelfth Doctor’s debut, Deep Breath.
She retweets and talks to her fans quite a lot, and recently got very excited to see her Doctor Who persona as a comic book character!
150,000 of us marched today in London to show our solidarity with Gaza. STOP THE KILLING. #StopTheWarCoalition pic.twitter.com/kmCLO7Y8Ib
— Catrin Stewart (@catistewart) August 9, 2014
Joining Neve in the part-time companion role is Catrin as Jenny Flint, who first appeared in 2011’s A Good Man Goes To War.
Catrin is passionate about so many causes and that really comes across in her feed, whether that be the Middle East conflict… or privatised railways! Sometimes, she also tweets about Doctor Who and her other show, Stella.
Rounding off the Paternoster Gang, Dan predominantly plays Strax, but also various Sontarans since 2008, including in the spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures. That’s a big advantage of a clone race!
As a proper, old-fashioned Whovian, his feed is full of interesting tidbits for the fans.
The people that help make it happen!! #teamtardis #Whovians #DoctorWho #dannypink amazing turn out! Thank you ???????????? pic.twitter.com/WQCsjERmOI
— Samuel Anderson (@theblackpaddy) August 24, 2014
And we have a new companion on the TARDIS! Or do we…?
Anderson plays Danny Pink, who sometimes has to deal with his girlfriend’s Time Lord pal and the terrifying aliens he brings in his wake. Expect hints about the series!
Michael’s Benny Deadhead quickly became a fan-favourite character in Luther, and the Irish actor cropped up in the Phil Ford-penned second episode of Series 8 of Who, Into the Dalek, as Colonel Blue.
Michael is very responsive to the public, retweeting and answering questions, and wants his followers to suggest places for him to travel in his cycling series, Something To Ride Home About.
If you wanna watch me going on about… stuff, this is possibly the best interview I’ve ever given https://t.co/qXM3alvNyS
— Nicholas Briggs (@BriggsNicholas) June 23, 2014
There must be very few people in the world who don’t know Nick’s voice – or at least what he sounds like using a split ring modulator. Because Nick Briggs provides the voice of the Daleks (not to mention many others like the Cybermen, Judoon and Ice Warriors).
Briggs is also the executive producer of the audio company, Big Finish, so expect interesting behind-the-scenes details on his feed.
Ben is perhaps best-known as half of the comedy act Armstrong and Miller, but he’s also a massive Doctor Who fan and this series, he played the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robot of Sherwood.
As you can imagine, his feed is full of witticisms, and, as he studied solid state physics at Cambridge, “sciencey wiencey” stuff (as the Doctor might say).
You know when you write a tweet in a clichéd world-weary style, and end it with a single word that shows you’re doing so right now? That.
— Tom Riley (@thisisTomRiley) August 9, 2014
Opposite Ben is Tom Riley as Robin Hood.
The leading star of Da Vinci’s Demons is very jovial on Twitter, and if you like brief teasers of his upcoming projects, you should definitely give him a follow.
Beautiful Belfast… pic.twitter.com/qx6k5dMqOZ
— Keeley Hawes (@Misskeeleyhawes) July 25, 2014
The lovely Keeley has previously starred in Spooks and Ashes to Ashes, and played the banker, Miss Delphox in the fifth episode of Doctor Who Series 8, Time Heist.
She tweets about some fantastic causes plus delivers occasional behind-the-camera info about her work including the upcoming adaptation of J. G. Ballard’s High-Rise, directed by Doctor Who‘s Ben Wheatley.
Bailey co-stars in Time Heist with Hawes, but most people will know him as the journalist whose head is turned by the promise of a Big Break in Broadchurch.
It’s likely he’ll return for the second series of the award-winning ITV drama, so follow Jonathan if you’re a fan of Who, Broadchurch – or both!
The Room 101 comedian is famously a big Whovian, even offering to appear as ‘Third Alien From The Left.’ But he got a fully-fledged part in the eighth episode of this series.
There are plenty of gags on his feed, but it mainly centers on his Absolute radio show.
Thanks for lighting up the tent at V today, it was properly amazing. ???????? pic.twitter.com/YL1IezHv8A
— Foxes (@iamfoxes) August 17, 2014
Foxes was a surprise to this year’s guest star line-up: she’s not an actress, but a singer-songwriter. And just like Katherine Jenkins before her, she gets to sing in Doctor Who. Mummy on the Orient Express boasts – guess what – a mummy. But once you see it, you have 66 seconds to live.
Foxes’ account primarily focuses on her chart-topping success.
The dictionary definition of “career highlight”. “@DavidPuckridge: @ingridoliver100 Hello! Have you seen this: pic.twitter.com/LusEomXt0O”
— Ingrid Oliver (@ingridoliver100) May 3, 2014
Ingrid, half of the comedy duo Watson and Oliver, reprises her role as Osgood in the Series 8 finale, Dark Water/ Death in Heaven. She made her debut in the 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor. (We celebrated by guiding you through the mobile apps available.)
In real life, she’s a big fan of Doctor Who; in the show, she’s obviously a fan of the Doctor himself: for the special, she sported a fetching multi-coloured scarf, while during the upcoming two-parter, she dons ‘sandshoes’ and a bow tie. Bow ties are cool, after all.
If you’re a true Whovian, whether that be since 1963, 2005, or 2014, there are a few more essential feeds to follow.
Doctor Who Official: This is the number one place for on-the-mark announcements (that includes missing episodes being found) and photos.
Hello, again, old friend… #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/FZoLixjpen
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) August 23, 2014
Kasterborous: Why do I think you’ll like this feed, an accompaniment to the news, features, interview and reviews site? Well, because two of its number (including editor, Christian Cawley) work for MakeUseOf! There are several further websites that will be of interest to you too…
Doctor Who Magazine: DWM is always packed full of Doctor Who indulgences – and so is its feed. It also gives you reminders of when episodes are on and features snatches of news and interviews.
Peter Capaldi doesn’t have a Twitter account; neither does Matt Smith, David Tennant or Christopher Eccleston. Several classic Doctors do, however: Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. Beware of fakes!
As you follow and unfollow these actors, don’t forget to tell us about your favourites.