Doctor Who is throwing it back to the ‘80s. Bonnie Langford will reprise her role as Melanie Bush in the upcoming season of the sci-fi series.
Langford played Mel, a companion to Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy’s Doctors, during the original run of Doctor Who. She recently returned to the series in a cameo during Jodie Whittaker’s final episode, “The Power of the Doctor.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing Melanie Bush back,” said Langford. “To be part of the exceptional cast, crew and production team led by the force of nature that is Russell T Davies is a career highlight.”
“I’m so privileged and proud to have been a member of the Doctor Who family since the classic era and to be included in the new generation is phenomenal,” added Langford.
Mel’s specific role in the upcoming season remains under wraps. However, showrunner Russell T. Davies indicated Mel will have more of a companion role than a cameo in Ncuti Gatwa’s season.
“Open those TARDIS doors wide, because Bonnie’s back! What an honor, delight and hoot to welcome back the character of Melanie, after too long away. And this isn’t just a cameo, Bonnie is right in the thick of the action, battling monsters and chaos and cliffhangers, right at the Doctor’s side, just like the old days,” said Davies.
Doctor Who returns in November with three special episodes starring David Tennant, commemorating the show’s 60th anniversary. Langford will later join Gatwa’s Doctor in season 14 of the series.
The new season of Doctor Who will air on Disney+ in the US.
So, what do you think about Langford returning to the show? Do you have any other Classic Who companions you’d like to see make a comeback? Let us know in the comments below.