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Christmas Theatrics

Three actors from Doctor Who past; Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss, and David Troughton, are appearing in the holiday-themed theatrical production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings this winter, running in London from this month until March.

Tate, who played the first long-term companion since 2005 to possess zero fantasies of snogging the Doctor, has landed the role of the main character, Belinda, a housewife who has a thing for her sister’s fella.  Gatiss, who regularly writes for Who and was seen as Professor Lazarus in The Lazarus Experiment and a spitfire pilot in Victory of the Daleks takes on an unsuccessful medical practitioner who loves puppets.  David, son of Patrick, who’s been in in The Curse of Peladon, The Enemy of the World, The War Games, and Midnight, portrays a gun-toting hater of Gatiss’ character.

And apparently children and elderly folk have fallen through a crack in time and space, and never existed in the first place.  So it’s an un-family-friendly family show about young to middle-aged adults.

You might find that the preceding sentence makes more sense once you’ve read the review of Season’s Greetings at The Stage.  If you don’t care about anyone’s opinion and just want to see three Doctor Who actors live and in person, you can book seats with Ticketmaster.

Incidentally look out for Catherine Tate, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood‘s Meera Syal and  and Death Comes to Time‘s Stephen Fry in Sky One’s Little Crackers series starting Sunday, 19th December.

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