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Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who has met her first adversary.

Well, maybe not her first, but one of them. Alan Cumming of After Louie and Battle of the Sexes revealed his guest-starring role on the upcoming season of BBC’s time- and space-jaunting series.

“I’m about to go and do an episode of Doctor Who. I’m so excited,” Cumming divulged on an installment of the Homo Sapiens podcast, hosted by Will Young and Christopher Sweeney.

“Are you a baddie?” they asked.

“Like a nice baddie,” the actor clarified. “I’m James I, so I’m kind of like a dandy, foppy sort of coward who comes all right in the end. They said he might come back.”

King James I (also bearing the name King James VI) was the first to take the throne of England after the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. So it looks like Whittaker’s 13th incarnation of the good ol’ doc will be getting in a trip to the 17th century early on in her adventures.

Cumming tweeted last year that he had been previously approached about a role on Doctor Who, though it never panned out… until now.

Chris Chibnall of Broadchurch fame will serve as showrunner for the new Doctor Who season, which also features actors Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, and Bradley Walsh. Fans have already seen Whittaker decked out as the Time Lord, but she’ll kick off her first season with the Tardis on the BBC this fall.

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