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Published on August 6th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special Casting

Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka From a wallpaper image by kamykwbucie

We’ve already enthused over the casting of Withnail & I star and original Ninth Doctor (above) Richard E Grant in the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special, but what else is going on?

The actor – who also played an alternate Tenth Doctor in Steven Moffat’s The Curse of the Fatal Death for Comic Relief back in 1999 – is rumoured to be playing the villain in the episode which will also introduce the Doctor’s new companion (whose name may or may not begin with a “C”…), played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Also cast in the episode is Tom Ward, known to BBC One viewers as Harry Cunningham in Silent Witness. Shooting for the episode kicks off this week (although several from the second half of Series 7 have already been filmed), which can explain the late-night release of the news. The Christmas Special will be directed by Saul Metzstein, who certainly seems to have made an impression this year – much of the footage in the recent trailer was overseen by the Scottish director, straight from his work as second unit director on Dredd.

Richard E. Grant has a good movie pedigree, appearing in productions as disparate as Withnail & I, The Player, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Pret a Porter, Hudson Hawk and a recent short with Paul McGann, Always Crashing in the Same Car (below). He also starred as a dashing Scarlet Pimpernel on the BBC in the early 2000s.


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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+.

4 Responses to 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special Casting

  1. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    Could the villain REG is playing a new incarnation of the Master?

    • avatar Merast says:

      I truly hope so.

      • avatar Gruff says:

        Me too – funnily enough I had the same thought!

        Hope it happens as he would make a very good Master I feel. He can ham it up, if required, but I think he’s less likely to over egg it like the blond Master.

        I once took a District Line train home from town and REG was standing in the doorway on the other side of the carriage. He’s not really bothered by milling around with the rest of us and so we just left him to his life – well kind of – while he was chatting to his friends I tried to fashion a photo with him in the background as an ex and I posed but then it dawned upon us that we had to get off to go on a different train to Acton and the photo never materialised. Ah well!

  2. avatar Alasdair Shaw says:

    Now there’s an idea I can get behind!

    Alternate Doctors do seem to have a tendency to play the Master.

    Grant would be in good company with Gatiss and Jacobi.

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