Nicola Coughlan to Appear in “Doctor Who” Christmas Special

Nicola Coughlan at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in November 2022
Nicola Coughlan at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in November 2022. Photo by David Fisher/Shutterstock (13613785cm)

Nicola Coughlan has been booked and busy in recent years, and she just landed a major role in another beloved series. Bridgerton star will appear alongside Ncuti Gatwa in a future Christmas special of the cult sci-fi series Doctor Who.

Returning showrunner Russell T Davies revealed what the future has in store for Doctor Who in a recent Q&A. He shared many exciting news about the next Doctor Who era, including Nicola Coughlan’s casting in the upcoming Christmas special, set to air next year.

Coughlan is one of the biggest rising stars to emerge in Hollywood in recent years, and her filmography looks pretty impressive. She got her big break as one of the leads of the Irish sitcom Derry Girls before starring in Netflix’s period drama Bridgeton. She also appeared alongside the next Doctor Who, Ncuti Gatwa, in Barbie this summer.

We’ll get to wait for over a year to see Coughlan in Doctor Who, but this year’s Christmas special won’t be any less exciting. It will celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary and bring back some of its biggest stars, including David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

“That Christmas Day episode is gorgeous, it’s absolutely gorgeous. When you cast great actors, the pressure is to live up to them, is to give them stuff that they love. And also stuff that will push them every day,” said Davies in his Q&A.