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Ten Fun Connections Between the Cast of 'Doctor Who' and 'Game of Thrones'

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | April 4, 2014 | Comments ()


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1. Sophia Myles*, who was the Girl in the Fireplace on Doctor Who, and who dated David Tennant for a spell, also used to date Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), who is 31 years her senior.

2. Richard Madden, who played Rob Stark on Game of Thrones, used to date Jenna Louise Coleman, the current companion on Doctor Who.

3. Mark Gatiss, a writer and four-time guest on Doctor Who, will be playing Tycho Nestoris in the fourth season of Game of Thrones.

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4. Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who was the kid in Love Actually and also the voice of Ferb in Phineas and Ferb, played Tim Latimer in two episodes of Doctor Who, and plays Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones.

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5. Iain Glenn played Octavio in Doctor Who and plays Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones.

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6. Joe Dempsie (of Skins fame) played Cline in Doctor Who and plays Gendry in Game of Thrones.

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7. Diana Rigg played Mrs. Gillyflower in Doctor Who, and plays Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.

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8. Harry Lloyd played Baines in Doctor Who and Viserys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.

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9. Liam Cunningham played Captain Zhukov in Doctor Who and plays Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones.

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10. David Bradley, late of Broadchurch, was Solomon in Doctor Who, and Walder Frey in Game of Thrones.

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* Yes, this random post was an excuse to post that header photo of Sophia Myles. Don’t judge.


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  • narfna

    You missed Tobias Menzies, who was in the same ep as Liam Cunningham with the Russian sub in DW, and plays Edmure Tully in GOT.

    Also, I knew about all of these separately, but when you list them out like this . . . I mean. I kinda got excited in my pants.

  • annie

    Wait. How did I not know Jenna Coleman and Robb Stark broke up?

  • Uriah_Creep

    It looks like Sophia tore the top of her dress in the header picture. If so, this is the kind of wardrobe malfunction I can really get behind.

  • BWeaves

    Since Doctor Who has been on for 50 years, pretty much, everyone has been in it. You can't help but have crossovers. Still, it's fun to say, "OOOOh, that's that guy from that other show."

  • Keith Welch

    Also, it's Iain Glenn. Do you guys have fact checkers?

  • bittergrace

    err no, it's Iain Glen. at least, according to imdb, his official website, playbills/programmes and all the credits I've seen

  • Krissy

    Ugh...Walder Frey. I hate that guy

  • John W

    Watch Ripper Street there's a lot crossover between it and GoT there as well. So far there's been Jerome Flynn ( Bronn, a series regular), Paul Kaye (Thoros of Myr), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Ian Glenn (Jorah), Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark), Clive Russell (Blackfish), just to name a few.

    What's weird is they almost always play villainous characters.

  • yeah, we all knew the BBC has a pool of like 15 actors which recur every once in a while in every series.

  • one of my favorite things about watching Who is seeing how many guests I recognize from elsewhere.

  • Berry

    So this Joe Dempsie fellow. Rocking a leather vest. Yes indeed.

  • Ozioma

    This list really does nothing to dispel the myth that there are only twenty working British actors, and that's why you see them in shows/movies all the freaking time.

    That said, David Bradley was AMAZING when he played William Hartnell in that Doctor Who documentary/tribute. It almost made me forget how much I fucking hate Walder Frey.

  • BWeaves

    I love that British actors look like nobody else and work all the time, in everything. I'm at a point where I actually IMDB people just to remember their names.

  • He made me forget Walder Frey when he broke my goddamn heart in Broadchurch.

  • emperorcupcake

    Are you sure Coleman and Madden broke up? I couldn't find any mention of that elsewhere. Also, it's Diana Rigg, not Riggs.

  • Marc Greene

    Yeah, the idea that he broke up with Coleman filled me with more disdain for Robb Stark's life choices.

  • jthomas666

    It's Diana Rigg, not Diana Riggs.

  • sherryb23

    Also Robb, not Rob Stark. If we're going to nitpick. :) Martin loves to play with names. See: Jaime.

  • ERM 275

    That header pic looks like Yvonne Strahovski.

  • Would it have killed them to have had Viserys just once call Daenerys "sister-of-mine"?

  • Modernlove

    The only thing I am getting from this post is that Richard Madden and Jenna Coleman have apparently broken up and now I'm too sad to continue on with this day.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I, on the other hand, approve, as it is one fewer fantasy hurdle for me to overcome.

  • Modernlove

    Well, when you put it that way the sadness does start to dissipate...

  • That was for me as well. I guess after the Red Wedding, she just couldn't....

  • On the other hand...Charles Dance! You sly dog you. Get down with your self!

  • VonnegutSlut

    She must have been charmed by his sartorial prowess and Sherlock-ian ability to tie a fucking sexy scarf...among other things.

  • And I'm guessing his accent and tone help.

  • jennp421

    I'm not sure if the accent is a seller when you have the same accent ... Myles is also English after all.

  • Mrs. Julien

    But the voice, c'mon.

  • jennp421

    No argument on that part. Though I'm more interested in his "sons." Especially now that we have a clean shaven Jaime with short hair.

  • maja

    damn, dance is mighty fine. exudes a bit of a kinky vibe, it's those devilish eyes of his.

  • goddammitmrnoodle

    I have been kinking on Dance's vibe since Alien 3.

    And, this entire list just proves to me that if you want a career in television, move your ass to London.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Have you seen his 1997 turn as Maxim in Rebecca? Perfect casting.

  • Berry

    Does he make you want to punch him right in the face in it? Because that's the only emotional response I will accept from myself to Maxim de Winter.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Of course! Maxim's eminent punchability and failure to utter one simple clarifying sentence at the beginning of his courtship of the second Mrs. de Winter ("I hated Rebecca, you little fool!) are the cornerstones of his character and the plot.

  • Berry

    Maxim is among my most hated male characters of all time, so a punchability is a must in any screen portrayal of him. I'm not fond of the Hitchcock version, which strikes me as inexcusably watered down, amazing Mrs. Danvers notwithstanding.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Maxim is up there with Heathcliff in the pantheon of Biggest Pricks in Fiction.

  • maja

    no, but i most certainly will. and emilia fox's in it i see! thank you!

  • Guest

    9. Liam Cunningham played Captain Zhukov in Doctor Who and plays Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones.

    That episode also had Tobias Menzies AKA: Edmure Tully and I believe it aired the night before his first appearance in G.o.T.

  • narfna

    Dammit, I read through all the comments to see if someone had already mentioned Menzies, and missed your comment. Whoops.

  • AvaLehra

    Baines was SO CREEPY. He was like a deranged Thomas Barrow -- and that's saying something.

  • foca9

    I recently watched these episodes (first time), and Harry Lloyd was absolutely killing it. And there were a lot of great performances in that story.

  • Pippa_Laughingstock

    Because of that performance, I was psyched when he was cast as Viserys.

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