EXCLUSIVE – Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy Joins Doctor Who

    An exciting bit of potential Doctor Who news today for Series 14. Nerdgazm has exclusively learnt of indications that actor Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy Joins Doctor Who series 14. He’ll join the Whoniverse in Episode Three of Series 14, which was filmed as part of Julie Anne Robinson’s Block. Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy (formerly and more commonly known to audiences as Luke Jerdy) is best known for his regular TV role as Jesse Donovan on the popular Channel 4 soap ‘Hollyoaks’ from April 2016 through to the end of January 2020.

    Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy (formerly known professionally as Luke Jerdy) in a performance of Twelfth Night. [Courtesy: ITG]

    A Luke Jerdy By Any Other Name

    Nerdgazm was made aware of a CV listing on IMDB for stunt performer Luke Gomes. Gomes has had past involvement in stunt work across a vast array of TV & Film productions… Including Bad Wolf Productions ‘A Discovery of Witches and all three series of ‘His Dark Materials’. The recent addition to Gomes’ listings on the website is notated under Episode 3 of Series 14… Indicates Gomes as having been the stunt double for a “Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy“.

    So, what’s going on? Well, Luke Jerdy’s full name is in fact… Majid Luke Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy. The half-Iranian actor has previously revealed this in interviews, noting that he had opted to use Luke Jerdy as his professional name. This was a decision made by Jerdy “at drama school after hearing some advice that it might end up confusing casting directors.

    CV listing on IMDB for stunt performer Luke Gomes – as Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy’s double for Doctor Who Series 14 Episode 3.

    The Name for Doctor Who: Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy

    However, for all, the professional name of Luke Verdy will be more known to people… that’s set to change. As of the start of this year, Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy (hereafter in this article; Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy) noted that he would be reverting to his birth name for professional work.

    Citing his personal heritage and the fact that friends find it “so strange referring to [him] as Luke”, it has since been changed. Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy is already the listed name on his professional profiles now. His first known upcoming credit is under his birth name… As announced this past week, will be for a run of the play ‘The Shape of Things’ at Park Theatre from May 30th to July 1st of this year. (Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy’s IMDB listing has not been updated to reflect the name change. It also makes no mention of Doctor Who as yet…)

    As such, it, therefore, makes sense that a listing for a stunt performer in upcoming Doctor Who episodes… Would list him under this name.

    Who Could Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy Be In Doctor Who?

    It’s hard to say who Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy could be portraying in Doctor Who. Given the requirement of a stunt performer for him in scenes, though. It sounds like it will be a fairly involved role in physicality. If UNIT is making a few appearances (as we’ve seen from Block One’s filming, they certainly will do for either Episode 4 or 5) in Series 14… Then perhaps Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy’s playing a UNIT operative.

    It’s also hard to say if Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy will be a recurring role, but given that Luke Gomes’ new listing on IMDB only made mention of Episode 3 of Series 14… And we know Block Three has now concluded – we suspect it is a guest cast role. Time will tell the nature of Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy’s involvement in Series 14. We’ll bring more details as and when we get them.

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    Jamie H. Cowan
    Jamie H. Cowan
    A wildly varied sci-fi fan. When not dragging people down the Time Vortex with his Doctor Who theories, Jamie is often working his way through 'The Flash' comics (he insists they can be sci-fi!) or trying not to dream of the return of cult sci-fi shows.

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