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Published on January 28th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Pirate Bonneville?

Flouncy red-top feminism-promoting pundit-baiting sister of phone-hacking scandal News of the World – with added topless ladies on page 3 – The Sun (to whom we never link) is reporting today that Downtown Abbey, Bonekickers (pictured) and Notting Hill actor Hugh Bonneville is set to appear in a 2011 episode of Doctor Who.

Bonneville – who played Earl of Grantham in the popular period drama – is quoted as saying:

“When I was a boy, the music and Jon Pertwee’s doctor had me peeking out from behind the sofa every Saturday.

“I am thrilled to be appearing in the new series.”

There’s certainly a piratey twist to proceedings, too, with Bonneville apparently playing a (space?) pirate

“Although the pirate’s demons are different to those of the young lad who watched through his fingers, they are no less terrifying – this new adventure is not for the faint-hearted.”

It’s not clear at this stage where in the 2011 run of episodes Bonneville’s pirate will appear (first half or second half) or if he’s going to be a villain or an ally of the Doctor…

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About the Author

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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