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‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Indira Varma Joins ‘Doctor Who’

Game of Thrones actor Indira Varma is joining the new series of “Doctor Who.”

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Varma, who played Ellaria Sand in Game of Thrones, previously appeared in Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood in the 2000s and will play the mysterious new role of The Duchess next year, Deadline reports.

“I’m thrilled to be in Doctor Who and particularly excited to be crossing cosmic paths with Ncuti, as the Doctor, and look forward to creating interplanetary mischief with him,” said Varma. “I loved playing Suzie Costello for Russell T Davies in Torchwood so am thrilled to be entering this world again.”

Varma joins previously announced cast Catherine Tate, Jinx Monsoon and Jonathan Groff.

“Doctor Who” returns in November 2023 with three special episodes with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor to coincide with the 60th anniversary. Ncuti Gatwa’s first episode as the Fifteenth Doctor will then air over the festive period.

“Doctor Who” will premiere exclusively on the BBC for the UK and Ireland. Disney+ will be the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside of the UK and Ireland.

Varma’s other credits include Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Capture and Patrick Melrose, while she is set to star as Empress Natalya in Dune: The Sisterhood.

Source: Deadline

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