According to press reports today, actress Claire Bloom – best known for appearing in Laurence Olivier’s film version of Richard III (1955), as well as being married to actor Rod Steiger – has been cast in either or both of the final Tenth Doctor 2009 Specials
The 78 year old star – who most recently appeared in BBC One’s New Tricks in 2008 and on stage in London stage in Arthur Allan Seidelman’s production of Richard Alfieri’s Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks alongside Billy Zane also appeared in the films The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and Look Back in Anger (1958) opposite the great Richard Burton.
Most bizarre about this somewhat unlikely story however is the fact that the Daily Mail claim that the actress is playing the Doctor’s mother.
“It is happening. They are filming at the moment. I have been organising her schedule,” her manager in America, Marion Rosenberg.
“The script is a very closely guarded secret, as the producers are desperate for Claire’s appearance to be a surprise.”said a friend of the actress.
Whatever the role, Bloom’s presence is a remarkable casting coup.