Alan Cumming and the Doctor Who franchise have been flirting with the possibility of working together for some time, and now its finally going to happen. Cumming will join The BBC series in Season 11, which will mark yet another first in a season chocked full of firsts. Cumming will join the series as James I, in what will undoubtedly be an exciting role and fun adventure for Jodie Whittaker's Doctor to take on.

Alan Cumming's character's title as James I, who was also known as James VI when he was just the king of Scotland, indicates that Cumming will play the king at a time where the monarch was in rule of Scotland, England, and Ireland. James I encountered many difficulties with the English Parliament throughout that time in his life and was in rule during the Gunpowder Treason Plot. Cumming didn't share with the Homo Sapiens podcast whether or not that event will come into play in his episode, but did describe his character as a "Dandy, foppy sort of coward," who ultimately redeems himself.

Alan Cumming also shared that he was told by the Doctor Who staff that James I could come back, which means fans could get another chance to see Cumming in the series. Repeat adventures with popular characters are not at all an uncommon thing in the series, so that news isn't all that surprising. Cumming returning to the role of James I is also unsurprising considering The BBC approached Cumming twice in the past about playing the Doctor, so it makes sense they'd want him on again. Cumming stated in the past that he turned down both appeals because he didn't want to spend a lot of time in Wales, but perhaps his first-time experience on the show changed his stance on that.

With Alan Cumming officially cast in the Doctor Who franchise as James I, some may wonder if that rules him out of ever playing the Doctor. Not really, as the series cast Peter Capaldi in the role following his guest-starring stint on the show and also cast Karen Gillan as a companion after her appearing in a bit part. If The BBC really wants Cumming to play the Doctor down the line, there's precedent in actors playing multiple roles that wouldn't make his appearance as James I an issue. Of course, new showrunner Chris Chibnall has proven again and again since taking over that he's doing things differently than Steven Moffat did during his run, so who knows what the new rules are?

Doctor Who is set to return to BBC America for Season 11 in the fall of 2018. For a look at other exciting television that is set to premiere in 2018, head on over to our midseason premiere guide. For more on Doctor Who, check out the award-winning visual effects company new showrunner Chris Chibnall brought on board for the new season.

Watch: Doctor Who Season 11 Trailer

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