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Doctor Who fans are ‘living’ for Alan Cumming’s performance as King James I

By Christel Dee

SPOILER WARNING! This article contains information about the plot of The Witchfinders. If you haven’t seen it yet, go and watch it and then come back here. To find out where to catch up on Doctor Who in your territory, visit the Watch section.

In the eighth episode of the new series of Doctor Who, The Witchfinders (written by Joy Wilkinson, directed by Sallie Aprahamian and guest starring Siobhan Finneran and Alan Cumming), the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz arrive in 17th century Lancashire and become embroiled in a witch trial, run by the local landowner. As fear stalks the land, the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt. But there something even more dangerous at work…

Doctor Who fans on Twitter were ‘living’ for Alan Cumming ‘chewing the scenery’ as King James I, who made a very dramatic entrance. Here’s what they thought of his performance...

King James I also seemed to have a bit of a soft spot for Ryan!


Episode 9 of the new series It Takes You Away will air Sunday 30th November at 18:30 GMT (20:00 EDT). Release date varies by country - check local listings in the Watch section.

And if you missed The Witchfinders or would like to watch it again, you can catch up with the current series On Demand at BBC iPlayer (UK) or BBC America (US). For other regions, visit the Watch page to find out where to catch up in your territory.

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