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Richard E Grant Cast In Christmas Special

Casting news – Richard E Grant In Christmas Special

Filming of 2012’s Doctor Who Christmas episode starts this week with two big film and television stars joining the show.

Richard E Grant, actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady.

He is no stranger to Doctor Who – Richard E Grant has played “The Doctor” twice, once in the Curse of Fatal Death and as the Ninth Doctor in animated webcast Scream of the Shalka.

On joining the show, Richard says: “I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I’m honoured to be in the Christmas Special.”

Tom Ward, who has starred in BBC One’s in Silent Witness as Harry Cunningham since 2002 also joins the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. It will be shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studios.

Doctor Who is coming soon to BBC One and the Christmas Special will be followed by a further eight episodes next year.



  • Meglos

    August 21st, 2012 - 8:57pm

    The Valeyard = Ghost of Christmas Future.

  • John Smith

    August 20th, 2012 - 7:20am

    The Master can’t just be killed off! He’s like Moriarty and the Doctor is Sherlock Holmes! Without each other there’s just no fun at all. The Master has been the essential Doctor Who villian since his first appearance in the 70’s and not having in the 50th Anniversary would be a shock to fans. Let alone not having Matt Smith’s Doctor come face to face with the Master! It’s like a tradition that all the Doctor’s have to go through. Besides the first two doctors and the ninth.

  • John Smith

    August 16th, 2012 - 8:06am

    Great idea! Bit long but great idea!!!

  • Commander Strax

    August 12th, 2012 - 1:50pm

    This is great news! He is a brilliant actor!

  • Nigel M

    August 12th, 2012 - 11:50am

    I’d like to see John Levene who played Sergeant Benton from UNIT come back for an episode. He’s around 70 now and retired from acting but still attends collector events so I’m sure he’d be willing. He was in the original series for seven years.

  • the master

    August 11th, 2012 - 7:22pm

    i think he may play the valeyard,but in the christmas special he will be a mystery villian part of the story line and clara[if that’s her name]could be connected to him somehow and the mystery across part 2 is who is she,why is she with him or could she be trying to stop the doctor becoming the valeyard and the story will build up that clara is trying to prevent the valeyard’s birth which will happen in the 50th anniversary where old friends[doctor,companions]return as the doctor goes to trenzalore and clara is connected to trenzalore and river will get married there,river will force the doctor to answer the question and somehow something will happen like regenration or even his identity is a code to a prison where the valeyard is who will finally be born to do bad things and somehow clara captures him along with maybe vastra and strax and take him to earth and now clara must stop the doctor becoming darker as it will trigger the valeyard giving him more powerful and he can do his evil plans which can be the storyline of series 8 and 9 and beyond and could go into something big like a film,where the valeyard does something bad.

  • McGann is the Doctor

    August 9th, 2012 - 8:17pm

    This is amazing, I never liked his “unofficial Doctor” but I think he’s a great actor and I enjoyed him in Withnail and I.

    Tremendous news ! I hope there is a subtle reference to his character in Withnail and I ❗

  • the 13th Doctor

    August 8th, 2012 - 10:22pm

    I would love it of he played his Doctor again and he met matt smiths Doctor that would be so cool

  • Anonymous

    August 7th, 2012 - 4:38pm

    Butg the Master didn’t return to the last great Time War. How could he? He wasn’t a part of it in the first place. It is just yet another RTD plot mess up.

    The Master is still out there somewhere. Where he is and what he’ll be doing and who’s side he’s on remains to be seen though.


    August 7th, 2012 - 11:57am

    Alright, thanks!

  • booboo

    August 7th, 2012 - 11:56am

    i think that was the problem and some of the stories were not appropriate!

    I will ask him


    August 7th, 2012 - 11:54am

    It did come up with some good stories, but then other times it would come up with stories about real life Doctors! Is there no way you could bring it back with stories just about DW?

  • booboo

    August 7th, 2012 - 11:51am

    i think Luke took it out because it kept on picking up stories (its automated) that were nothing to do with Doctor Who


    August 7th, 2012 - 11:50am

    Booboo, where has the ‘Doctor Who around the web’ Box gone from the News Homepage?

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