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August 6th, 2012 104 comments

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.


104 comments

  • Ryan

    August 6th, 2012 - 8:43am

    Loved him in Scream of the Shalka, the Doctor that never was, would be nice to have an in-joke to that in the special, just for the fans… 🙂

    Reply
  • Dr who

    August 6th, 2012 - 7:41am

    I hope he’s playing the master or another evil time lord maybe or may not

    Reply
    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:23am

      The Master IS DEAD, god how many times I’m I gonna keep saying that on this website ? !!!!.

      The Master knows why he became evil all cos of Rassilon, he made the Master a victim of the madness in his mind, turning an innocent child into a power hungry murdering maniac, but once the Master realized what had happened to him all those years ago, he turned good in the end, saving the life of his old friend, the Earth, and the rest of the universe from Rassilon and the evil of the Time Lord as they became during the Time War, and dying with his people.

      The Master is a HERO now, and he DIED a HERO, just let him rest in piece.

    • the master

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:32am

      nope the master is the doctor’s arch enemy and still is that was r t d era.steven moffat may want to bring him back as a villianand i want the master back as a villian.he was a villian for a long time.there not going to make him good all of a sudden.just because he was brainwashed by rassilon does not mean he still can’t be a villian and i like the master very much and the master becoming a hero would ruin the show and he has to come back for the 50th anniversary as a villian.because he is the best villian.if he does i hope he will look like roger delgado a proper doctor who villian look.not a mad prime minster who eats people.i hope he comes back

    • the master

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:40am

      and that invention was made by russel t davies.it was not in the old series at all.so maybe there are 2 masters and how do we know it was the real rassilon.it could have been another one and in the old series rassilon did not brainwash the master.it’s only since the time war it’s happened.plus time was rewritten in the big bang.i may not be correct about it.but how do we know it was rassilon.it most likely is.but what if that rassilon was the master and he created a fake master in derek jacobi,john simm and the master was on gallifrey and pretended to be rassilon and brainwashed the doctor to believing he was rassilon.when in fact he was the master and he created a clone with regenration pretending to be the master when in fact it is someone else.it’s just a guesss.but surely the best doctor who villian can’t all of a sudden become a hero.it would ruin everything that the old writers did and it is not right to do that.long live the master as he returns and you will all obey him

    • the master

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:56am

      i was meant to say best friend and archenemy

    • Tardis’nt

      August 6th, 2012 - 9:35am

      he could come back as a previous incarnation as the first master we saw was his 13th self. plus i don not think that john sinmm’s master is dead, not yet…

    • the astronaut of death

      August 6th, 2012 - 9:57am

      the master is not dead
      he just returned to the great time war

      that dose not meen he is dead

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 6th, 2012 - 7:28pm

      The Master IS DEAD, and it don’t flaming well matter what Era of Doctor Who, same show, don’t make a bit of difference what flaming Era.

    • the astronaut of death

      August 6th, 2012 - 9:06pm

      ha may still be alive

      and it is doctor who anything can happen

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 7th, 2012 - 7:28am

      Oh I give up 🙁

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Boodleoo

    August 6th, 2012 - 12:37am

    Do we knoe who/what he will play yet?

    Reply
  • Doctor Who

    August 6th, 2012 - 12:19am

    Glad it’s Richard E Grant but really wanted it to be Miranda Hart lol

    Reply
    • Doctor Stu

      August 6th, 2012 - 12:19am

      Sorry typed my name in wrong

  • Jim

    August 6th, 2012 - 12:08am

    He plate done of the regenerations of he doctor in the comic relief special 1999 the curse of fatal death

    Reply
    • Jim

      August 6th, 2012 - 12:08am

      Sorry that was supposed to say he played one of the doctors stupid fast typing on iPod

    • Ronnies thoughts

      August 6th, 2012 - 12:11am

      He also played the doctor in scream of the shalka

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:25am

      Guys, it says that in the the description 😛

  • Hi

    August 6th, 2012 - 12:03am

    It’s richard e grant!

    Reply
    • Duckter who

      August 6th, 2012 - 12:07am

      Whos that?

  • Dalek Jake

    August 5th, 2012 - 10:39pm

    booboo Will series 7 have prequels?

    Reply
  • doctor who 19

    August 5th, 2012 - 10:17pm

    booboo is there any news on toys

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 5th, 2012 - 10:18pm

      no but when there is it will all be in the merchandise section

    • doctor who 19

      August 5th, 2012 - 10:36pm

      booboo plz put who it is on tomoz as i have to go to bed thanks night people

  • booboo

    August 5th, 2012 - 10:10pm

    Dear BBC

    Could you please make these announcements at an earlier time, i haven’t caught up with my sleep since you had me up until midnight and then up again at 6.00am the same day

    booboo

    Reply
    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:26am

      Ha Ha 😀

  • doctor who 19

    August 5th, 2012 - 10:01pm

    i hope it is someone that is upopula thene it would be amazizng

    Reply
  • Trekker

    August 5th, 2012 - 9:55pm

    Patrick Stewart perhaps????

    Reply
    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:27am

      Sadly no, but Patrick is a fan of Doctor Who and has wanted to play a role in the series. He should get in touch with Steven Moffat and ask him for a part in an upcoming episode.

  • Anonymous

    August 5th, 2012 - 9:46pm

    maybe somone outta of primeval

    Reply
    • Xylok emperor

      August 5th, 2012 - 10:11pm

      If it would be some one from primeval it would.have to be either Cieran, Andrew, Hannah or Ben Mansfield cause their the best

    • booboo

      August 5th, 2012 - 10:12pm

      dont think they are iconic (yet) to be honest

    • Dalek Jake

      August 5th, 2012 - 10:12pm

      Hope so, but I don’t think someone from Primeval is an icon.

  • Tardis’nt

    August 5th, 2012 - 9:03pm

    Rowan Atkinson…

    Reply
    • matt smithy

      August 5th, 2012 - 10:05pm

      lol thats what I was going to say. I said to myself “I bet I stay up to midnight and it’s someone like Rowan Atkinson” lol!

    • Tardis’nt

      August 5th, 2012 - 10:35pm

      Ha ha! it better be him, only time will tell!

  • the etrenal doctor

    August 5th, 2012 - 8:07pm

    ray stevons

    Reply
  • the astronaut of death

    August 5th, 2012 - 7:42pm

    SANTA CLAUSE!

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 5th, 2012 - 7:43pm

      played by Brian Blessed – epic

    • Blackadder The Whovian

      August 5th, 2012 - 9:33pm

      Christmas?
      CHRISTMAS IS ALIVE!
      ALIVE!

  • Give me a Dalek any day

    August 5th, 2012 - 7:34pm

    “An iconic star will appear in Doctor Who” – Oh, wonder who it could be?

    “The star will be appearing in the Christmas special.” – Is that sensible?

    Reply
  • the astronaut of death

    August 5th, 2012 - 7:26pm

    i think it could be the queen

    the doctor who team could have seen her acting scills at the olymic opening ceremony and then thought we have got to have the queen on doctor who

    if she can work with bond she can work with doctor

    Reply
    • Jonathan

      August 5th, 2012 - 9:43pm

      Too right and it would be rather good too

  • booboo

    August 5th, 2012 - 6:33pm

    Christopher Lee

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      August 5th, 2012 - 6:53pm

      Is that who’s going to be in it?

  • Jonathan

    August 5th, 2012 - 6:16pm

    John Barrowman I think as Capatin Jack is meant to be coming back at some point

    Reply
    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 5th, 2012 - 6:29pm

      Would be nice to have him back on the show. I wounder what he’d think of Matt Smith’s Doctor, since Jack’s worked alongside his previous 2 incarnations from the new series already.

    • KGF

      August 5th, 2012 - 6:32pm

      Steven Moffat has already said that if a good enough story that needs to involve Jack crops up, then he will include him. He’s not just going to include him for fan-sake.

    • Jonathan

      August 5th, 2012 - 9:42pm

      Well I’d much rather see River or Donna or a classic companion back rather than Jack to be honest

  • RoastyRhino

    August 5th, 2012 - 5:55pm

    Wait, maybe it has 5 edges?

    Reply
  • duckter who

    August 5th, 2012 - 5:49pm

    MY NAN!!!!!

    Reply
  • David Jefferies

    August 5th, 2012 - 5:31pm

    HM the Queen?

    Reply
    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 5th, 2012 - 6:27pm

      The Queens kinda been in Doctor Who [Voyage of the Damned].

    • Doctor Who

      August 6th, 2012 - 12:15am

      That wasn’t the real queen though

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:28am

      Doctor Who – that’s why I said ‘Kinda’.

  • Esterath

    August 5th, 2012 - 5:09pm

    David Warner.

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 5th, 2012 - 5:10pm

      The BBC have already confirmed that

    • Esterath

      August 5th, 2012 - 5:10pm

      Oh wait, David Warner’s in ‘The Cold War’ episode playing the Ice Lord.

    • OODSIGMA

      August 5th, 2012 - 5:25pm

      So the person is david???

    • Give me a Dalek any day

      August 5th, 2012 - 5:28pm

      No. He’s in a different episode. 🙂

  • Guy

    August 5th, 2012 - 5:08pm

    Benedict Cumberbatch, maybe?

    Reply
    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 5th, 2012 - 6:26pm

      Oh god no not him, I can’t stand that guy. Sorry, but thats how I feel about him. I’m often sick of it when some people want him to be in Doctor Who just cos of his bleeden modern Sherlock. Sadly for Star Trek fan’s his gonna be in the next Star Trek film of J.J. Abrams . . . . god help them.

    • doctor who 19

      August 5th, 2012 - 9:44pm

      he is a brilliant actour

    • Hall

      August 6th, 2012 - 6:20am

      @Jason doctorwhoone Star Trek is lucky to have him, and he won’t be in Doctor Who, everyone knows by now that it’s very unlikely for him to do a regular or a supporting role in a TV show now, and yes he’s a brilliant actor. Feel very sorry for you (actually I don’t. :p), because he’s going to be in lots of great things from now on.

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:29am

      Hall – Don’t care, can’t stand him 😛

  • James

    August 5th, 2012 - 5:07pm

    It’s David Warner, by the way.

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 5th, 2012 - 5:09pm

      thats already been confirmed

  • the dr

    August 5th, 2012 - 4:55pm

    Paul McGann

    Reply
    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 5th, 2012 - 6:22pm

      If it is Paul, then that would be fantastic, they could film the unseen regeneration between his 8th Doctor into Christopher Eccleston’s 9th incarnation, but knowing Chris, he never wants to come back so they might as well just show the regeneration of the 8th Doctor begining but not show the change of the faces between the 8th and 9th, unless they can fake it by merging the image of the 9th Doctor regenerating into David Tenannts 10th Doctor with the 9th Doctors head tilted upwards during regeneration to make it look as if Paul is regenerating into Chris.

  • Sonic screwdriver

    August 5th, 2012 - 4:55pm

    TeamGB

    Reply
  • crazy guy

    August 5th, 2012 - 4:54pm

    daniel craig or prehaps the jhon simmn or james corden i would laugh if it was the queen but i doubt it

    Reply
    • crazy guy

      August 5th, 2012 - 4:55pm

      sorry for spelling but in a hurry to type

  • Stig

    August 5th, 2012 - 4:54pm

    Leonard Nimoy

    Reply
    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 5th, 2012 - 6:23pm

      Spock ? …. I could imagine a lot of Trekkies watching Doctor Who just to see him, especially some old friends of mine who are big fans of both shows.

  • The master

    August 5th, 2012 - 4:53pm

    The Master

    Reply
    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 5th, 2012 - 6:24pm

      No, his dead, and he got his revenge on Rassilon who made the Master what he became, so let him rest in peace.

    • KGF

      August 5th, 2012 - 6:34pm

      In reply to @Jason doctorwhoone – anything’s possible. The Master’s dead, but he could return.

      Anyway, I’d love to see Kylie Minogue back – or Christopher Lee make his Doctor Who début.

    • booboo

      August 5th, 2012 - 6:34pm

      Christopher Lee, oh yes

    • Anonymous

      August 5th, 2012 - 7:04pm

      The Master isn’t dead. People just presume he is. He couldn’t have been taken back to the Time War as he wasn’t there in the first place.

      He’s out there somewhere, it’s only a matter of time (although how much time remains to be seen).

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:36am

      NO he is dead, END OF.

    • the master

      August 6th, 2012 - 8:45am

      not everything is true plus they can bring him back before the time war happened and why would you kill the best villian on the show and make him a hero and not bringing him back would ruin everything,why would you make the main villian in the show a hero,he may have been angry at the time because he was mad,but he may return and be the proper roger delgado look alike master,which would be awesome .the master is never dead.he will return he will return he will return,he will return

    • the master

      August 6th, 2012 - 9:11am

      they could also turn it around,it could be that the master brainwashed rassilon in the time war and rassilon was then bad and created drums for the master,so then they could come back and when they did the master would trick the doctor pretending rassilon did it,when his true plan was to return to gallifrey and become president taking over rassilon or killing him someway.some may agree,some may disagree

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