A Shared Universe: Are You a “Doctor Who” Fan, Too?

Our sister event, (Re)Generation Who, is fast approaching! We still have some weekend passes left for the big event, which will feature appearances from Peter Capaldi, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and many others from all over the world of Doctor Who.

But even if you’re not a huge Doctor Who fan, the world of wizards and the world of Time Lords aren’t all that far apart. In fact, the two series have shared quite a few actors! (Re)Gen may be welcoming some of these guests in the future of the events — either of them — but for now, we can take a look back on performers who have journeyed into both worlds:


James Potter was a friend of the Ood

Adrian Rawlins, who sadly had to cancel his PotterVerse 1 appearance due to work, is known to fans as the deceased father of Harry Potter. But in the new era of Doctor Who, he played Dr. Ryder, who spent a decade attempting to tear down the trading of the gentle aliens known as Ood as slaves. Things… didn’t go too well for him.


Arthur Weasley was another adventurous dad

Actor Mark Williams had a brief stint alongside Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. He appeared as Brian, father to companion Rory Williams and eventual father-in-law to Amy Pond. His time aboard the TARDIS was limited, but he did get to have a dinosaur-filled adventure, then a quiet lunch watching the stars with the Doctor.


Filch was the Doctor!

Known to Potter fans as the cross Argus Filch, David Bradley has appeared three times in the Whoniverse. He made a single-episode appearance as the murderous 24th century pirate Solomon in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. He came back again a year later as William Hartnell, the first actor to play the Doctor, in the docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time. And thanks to that performance, we saw him filling the late Hartnell’s shoes as the First Doctor opposite Twelfth Doctor — and (Re)Gen 4 guest — Peter Capaldi in Twice Upon a Time!


Barty Crouch Jr. was the Doctor, too!

Bradley isn’t the only Harry Potter cast member to have owned the TARDIS. Just five months after we saw him appear for the first time in Doctor Who — and just a month before his first full episodes, “The Christmas Invasion” — Tennant appeared as Barty Crouch Jr. in Goblet of Fire! But there’s still one more in this select group…


Ollivander was the War Doctor!

Sadly, we’ll never get to see the late Sir John Hurt at either of our events… but we’ll always remember him fondly for his contributions for both of the series we love so much. He helped Harry find his wand in Philosopher’s Stone, and he helped save Gallifrey in Day of the Doctor. That’s definitely some huge work.

There are plenty of other actors who have worked in both series — check out this Radio Times article for a bigger list!

If you’re a Doctor Who fan and love what PotterVerse brings to conventions, consider registering for (Re)Gen 4! We’d love to see you!

And there’s still plenty of time to register for this year’s PotterVerse. Get your registration and hotel reservation taken care of early, so you can be ready for all the announcements as they happen!

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