Big news today is the guest casting of the acclaimed veteran actor Bill Nighy in an episode of Doctor Who later this year.
Nighy – whose credits include Still Crazy, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy movie, Love, Actually and the Underworld series – is unsurprisingly appearing in the episode written by Love, Actually writer Richard Curtis, expected to feature the Dutch impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh.
Of course this isn’t the first time Nighy has been linked to Doctor Who – back in 2004, the day that Christopher Eccleston was announced as the Ninth Doctor, Nighy was erroneously “annointed” by the Daily Mail as the new Doctor!
A Doctor Who insider has told Digital Spy:
“It was a real coup to get Bill Nighy in Doctor Who, especially in Richard Curtis’s amazing episode. Bill plays a van Gogh expert with some similar fashion choices to The Doctor himself.”
Tony Curran is believed to be starring in the episode as Vincent van Gogh, and rumours suggest the adventure takes place in both the Dutch artist’s time and the modern age.
Incidentally – need help in pronouncing “van Gogh”? Try this.
Richard Curtis is one of several comedy writers involved with Steven Moffat’s first series in charge of Doctor Who, with Men Behaving Badly writer Simon Nye also involved. It looks as though the Eleventh Doctor is going to be receiving a very rich selection of adventures – lucky Matt Smith!