The Inbetweeners gave us many things – including the living legend that is James Buckley.
While he took on the role of a foul-mouthed, yobbish liar in the shape of fan favourite Jay Cartwright in the controversial comedy, James’ new role is worlds away from the one that made him a household name.
The 32 year old is set for a guest role in everyone’s favourite romp through time and space, Doctor Who .
Starring across from the returning cast, including Jodie Whittaker as the Time Lord herself, and Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill as her companions, James is ecstatic for his appearance in the fast approaching 2020 series.
“It was surreal to be on such an iconic show,” he dished, “And I’m really happy to be part of something so well loved. Hope everyone enjoys it!”
It’s not the first time he’s strayed into “iconic” territory – he played a younger version of David Jason’s character Del Boy in Only Fools prequel, Rock & Chips.
James has also recently had roles in Zapped and the acclaimed White Gold across from Inbetweeners co-star Joe Thomas.
When he first appeared in The Inbetweeners in 2008, he quickly made waves by playing the outspoken and fib-telling Jay.
The show at first followed Simon Bird’s Will McKenzie as he found himself in a new school.
He soon makes friends with the socially awkward “Inbetweeners” Jay, Joe Thomas’s Simon and Blake Harrison’s Neil.
No doubt James will have to have toned down on the foul language for Doctor Who.
Matt Strevens, Doctor Who’s Executive Producer, said: “It was a real thrill to welcome James to the cast, his dramatic and comic talents are put to fine use in this action-packed episode.”
Alongside Matt, Jodie and the rest of the cast is showrunner Chris Chibnall, who’s heading the series for the second time.
He had previously penned the odd episode for the show before becoming showrunner, taking over from Sherlock co-creator Stephen Moffatt in 2018.
Doctor Who returns to BBC One on New Year’s Day at 6:55pm.