Katherine’s Con

Would you fall for a con? Would you be more likely to fall for one if it was carried out by someone who looked like upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special guest star Katherine Jenkins?

Thought so. Those are the words that the opera star used to describe herself when talking about appearing in Doctor Who. The singer claimed:

I got approached, and I thought it was something I would love to do, but I didn’t know if I was really capable. So I went in to read for them, and I thought, ‘If they think I’m rubbish, they just won’t give it to me. Because they’re not going to entrust an entire Christmas special on me if I’m rubbish, just so they don’t hurt my feelings!’

So I went in and read and I got the call on my 30th birthday to say I’d got it. It’s been so much fun. Michael Gambon’s in it – who plays Dumbledore in ‘Harry Potter’. It’s kind of one of those things where you think, ‘How am I in this? He’s an amazing actor, what am I doing working with him?’ I feel like a con artist!

But Katherine’s not giving anything away about her role in the special-as ever the guest stars are remaining tight lipped. She did make a small comment just before the launch of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday:

I can’t believe I’m going to be in Doctor Who! I’ve filmed it already; we filmed in July and August, which is strange filming Christmas in the summer. It’s brilliant! I don’t think of myself as an actress and I haven’t had any training… and I can’t tell you if I sing in it.

I literally can’t say anything. I’m tightly bound by confidentiality agreements. I don’t want to spoil it for everyone!

Please, no more singing in Doctor Who; it was passable in Evolution of the Daleks but the less said about The Ultimate Adventure the better…

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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