Published on December 7th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
Jenkins: Singing Swung It
Katherine Jenkins will soon be making her acting debut in the Doctor Who Christmas special, A Christmas Carol. But hereâ€™s something that you may not know, the Welsh Mezzo Soprano nearly turned down the role fearing that she didnâ€™t have enough experience in the acting field.
In an article from www.thedailyrecord.co.uk , Katherine stated:
â€œWhen they [the producers] first called and asked me if Iâ€™d like to be in the Christmas special, my first reaction was, â€˜I canâ€™t do it, Iâ€™m not an actressâ€™…Iâ€™ve never trained as an actress. I donâ€™t have any experience and thatâ€™s why I was so nervous about taking on the part…but there is music and I donâ€™t think there has been anything like that on Dr Who [sic] before (nb: there has, in 2007â€™s Daleks in Manhattan and the Big Finish audio The Pirates)…
“Realizing Iâ€™d be able to sing too is what swung it for me. When they told me they required singing, I thought, â€˜Since thereâ€™s music with my character, Iâ€™d love to do itâ€™…itâ€™s such an iconic show and itâ€™ll be something I can show my grandchildren.â€
And after the auditions were over and Katherine was offered the part, it came as something of a special present:
“I got the call the next day, on my 30th birthday, that I had got the part…I was really excited and couldnâ€™t believe it was going to happen. It was the greatest birthday party ever but I couldnâ€™t tell anyone. I wanted to tell my mum but couldnâ€™t because I didnâ€™t want to be responsible for anything getting out. At least, I now know I can keep a secret.â€
You should know this by now: A Christmas Carol stars Matt Smith, Michael Gambon, Katherine Jenkins, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, is written by Doctor Who‘s Executive Producer Steven Moffat and will air on Christmas Day at 6pm on BBC One and BBC HD!