RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon joins Doctor Who

Award-winning actress, singer and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Jinkx Monsoon will take on a “major role” in the new season of Doctor Who, the BBC has announced.

The star joins the BBC science fiction show following a sell-out run on Broadway as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in Chicago. In an historic moment for the LGBTQIA+ community she became the first drag queen to play the role and broke box office records across her 8-week run.

Jinkx is well known to TV audiences after having won two seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race including the All Stars season which saw her crowned the “Queen of Queens”

Russell T Davies, showrunner of Doctor Who said of her casting on the show: “In a galaxy of comets and supernovas, here comes the biggest star of all. Jinkx Monsoon is on a collision course with the TARDIS, and Doctor Who will never be the same again!”

Jinkx Monsoon, added: “I’m honoured, thrilled, and utterly excited to join Doctor Who! Russell T Davies is a visionary and a brilliant writer – I can’t wait to get into the weeds with him and the crew! I hope there’s room in the TARDIS for my luggage.”

No further details have been given on her role or the timing of her appearance in the series.

Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three 60th anniversary specials starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor.

These shows, the first to be made as part of a new deal between the BBC and Disney that makes Disney+ the home of global streaming for the show outside the UK, will be followed by season 14’s opener with Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson arriving as the Fifteenth Doctor and companion Ruby Sunday at Christmas. The rest of season 14 will play out in 2024.