Veep Director Chris Addison May Replace Jenna Coleman on Doctor Who

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Looks like one Veep‘s major directors might be leaving D.C. and hopping into the TARDIS.

British comedian, actor, and director, Chris Addison, who was responsible for directing numerous episodes of season two of Veep, will be guest starring in the upcoming season of Doctor Who, and many believe that he could be Jenna Coleman’s possible replacement after she leave at the end of this year.

Addison will show up in the two-part Doctor Who finale, “Dark Water”/”Death in Heaven.” The role will reunite him with actor Peter Capaldi, who plays the new Doctor this season. Capaldi and Addison were co-stars in the U.K. television comedy The Thick of It and its spinooff film In the Loop.

Since he is a major Doctor Who fan, agreeing to a guest starring role on the series was the easiest decision ever for Addison.

“It’s a 35-year dream come true,” he said to U.K. magazine, Radio Times. “Seven-year me would be going off his nut, and I’m not far behind.”

With his first appearance being in this upcoming season’s finale, many are beginning to speculate about whether Addison could become the Doctor’s new companion. After filling the role for 18 months, Jenna Coleman and her character, Clara Oswald, will be leaving Doctor Who  in a Christmas storyline at the end of the year.

“By the time she leaves she will be one of the longest-standing companions ever. She has been absolutely brilliant in the role, but everyone agrees it is a part that should change after a period,” a source from the series told The Mirror.

While Addison now appears to have become the favorite to replace Coleman, many also believe that there is a good chance that Game of Throne actress Rose Leslie could end up landing the role.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (
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