Colin Baker to join 'Emmerdale' as Diane Sugden's mystery man

Colin Baker plays Michael in Emmerdale (ITV)
Colin Baker plays Michael in Emmerdale (ITV)

Emmerdale has announced a star signing with Doctor Who star Colin Baker set to make a cameo as a date for Diane Sudden.

The 78-year-old actor, best known for his role as the sixth incarnation of the Doctor, will arrive in the village later this month playing mystery man Michael.

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When Diane (Elizabeth Estensen) arranges a date at The Woolpack, she's looking forward to meeting someone new.

But she is entirely unprepared for her date's unusual passion - what is it, and will she be impressed or disappointed by Michael?

Colin Baker, the sixth Doctor, runs from the Daleks during a photocall to launch the 2013 York Maze which this year celebrates 50 years of the television series Doctor Who.   (Photo by Anna Gowthorpe/PA Images via Getty Images)
Colin Baker is best known for 'Doctor Who'. (Anna Gowthorpe/PA Images via Getty Images)

Baker said of his new Emmerdale role: "I am so old that I remember watching Emmerdale Farm long before it became just Emmerdale when my friend (and colleague from Doctor Who days) Frazer Hines was a youthful Joe Sugden and the wonderful Arthur Pentelow was in the cast.

"So to get a call to join the cast, albeit briefly, as a possible love interest for Elizabeth Estenson, an actress I had long admired, certainly appealed to me.

"A bonus was the fact that also in my scenes was Rodney Blackstock, played by my old friend Patrick Mower."


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Diane Sugden will date Michael at The Woolpack. (ITV)

Baker, who didn't say how many episodes he would be in the village for, teased: "I enjoyed my COVID-compliant time with both of them in Leeds inordinately. As to what happened, well you'll just have to watch and find out. It's a bit of a puzzle actually!"

This might be the first time Baker has appeared in Emmerdale, but he isn't a complete stranger to soap land.

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Back in 2000 he played a judge for one episode in Hollyoaks, and over the years he has popped up in Doctors a few times as a range of different characters.

Hollyoaks is set to welcome Jamelia as a guest star this month as part of their Black to Front episode, where she will play a friend of Martine Devereux (Kelle Bryan).

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