Former Sarah Jane Adventures guest star and Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones has been cast in Neil Gaiman’s episode of Doctor Who’s 2011 season!
With production on the episode (directed by Richard Clark) starting this week, details have been revealed that Jones – soon to appear on BBC One with David Tennant in Single Father – is appearing in Neil Gaiman’s greatly-anticipated script.
It certainly looks like a good piece of casting too; we’ve been hoping the BBC would pull out the stops for Gaiman’s episode, and this certainly looks like a step in the right direction.
Apparently Jones – who played the Mona Lisa brought to life in The Sarah Jane Adventures (Mona Lisa’s Revenge) last year – begins filming her scenes on Friday.
“It’s hugely exciting to be cast in Doctor Who. I’m a massive fan of the show and I was blown away when I read Neil’s script and uncovered what’s in store for my character.
“However, I’m sworn to secrecy so viewers will just have to wait until next year to find out any other juicy details!”
Writer Neil Gaiman seems very happy with the casting, meanwhile, adding:
“Suranne is marvellous. She’s beautiful, funny and strange. It’s the kind of role that people will remember for ever, so we needed someone who was able to pull that off, and to keep up with Matt Smith. And bite him. Suranne does all three!”
Steven Moffat’s second series has been in production for several weeks now, with the first story in this production block believed to have been written by Mark Gatiss. We’ve already heard recently about the casting of Daniel Mays, another good character actor, and Suranne Jones’ casting is another satisfying announcement.
With the foreknowledge that whatever happens in these early episodes will lead up to a “game changing” cliffhanger in episode 7, it looks like there will be plenty to look out for!
We can’t wait. Can you?