Jonathan Groff: "It's so easy to fall in love with this show"

The guest star of 'Rogue' talks to Doctor Who Magazine about adapting to the Whoniverse... 

Doctor Who and Bridgerton fans alike are hotly anticipating the upcoming episode Rogue, which will see the Doctor and Ruby attending a Regency-era ball that has been infiltrated by aliens - as well as guest star Jonathan Groff!

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine in the latest issue, Jonathan discusses joining the Whoniverse and adapting to a fast-paced TV production. Read an excerpt of the interview from issue 604 below...

The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine (DWM) is on sale as of Thursday 23rd May. It is available to order as a subscription, either physical or digital, here.


Jonathan Groff on adjusting to the challenges of being a guest star in Doctor Who…

“It’s always hard to come into a well-oiled machine as an outsider, as a guest star and jump on the train for a short period of time. On TV it’s so fast, so the biggest challenge for me is being shot out of a cannon and immediately making choices and trying to find the character as quickly as possible because it’s just for a few weeks and then it’s over. It’s different to theatre when you’re in every day over the course of months, you can build up a kind of momentum. This is more like doing a sprint as opposed to a long-distance run.

“Being chased by an alien was the first thing we shot, and I was like ‘what is happening?’ it was very strange, very surreal. To be with the Doctor and running away from people who are dressed as birds, it was really funny. It felt like I was in a sci-fi show… I assumed that Doctor Who was sci-fi, but it’s so much more than that. It’s easy to fall in love with this show.”


Also inside this issue:

  • Previews of the new episodes broadcast this month. Russell T Davies talks about 73 Yards and Dot and Bubble, we reveal a tantalising glimpse at the recording of Rogue, and whet your appetite for season finale The Legend of Ruby Sunday/Empire of Death.
  • Jonathan Groff talks about his role in Rogue and his first impressions of watching An Unearthly Child
  • A day in the life of Wolf Studios… join DWM on the set of Space Babies
  • Script to Screen on realising the Baby Station crew.
  • Behind the scenes on The Devil’s Chord – including contributions from actors who played the Beatles, Jinkx Monsoon, Russell T Davies, Murray Gold… plus Shirley Ballas and Johannes Radebe!
  • We catch up with recurring guest star Susan Twist.
  • Steven Moffat discusses some of the philosophical ideas at the heart of Boom
  • Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies reports from New York as he publicises the return of Doctor Who in the US.
  • “Are You My Mummy?” Nineteen years on, Time-Space Visualiser looks back at the series’ first meme…
  • Loose Ends – this month we expand upon the Twelfth Doctor’s Regency adventures.
  • The Fact of Fiction – a scene-by-scene look back at First Doctor story The Rescue.
  • The first part of a brand-new comic strip featuring the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby.


  • Gallifrey Guardian – meet the new companion, played by Varada Sethu!
  • Reviewed: the animated Celestial Toymaker on DVD and Blu-ray, and all the latest audio releases.
  • Other Worlds – the essential guide to new stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.
  • Win Blu-rays and the latest audio releases!

The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine (DWM) is on sale as of Thursday 23rd May. It is available to order as a subscription, either physical or digital, here.

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