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Richard E Grant: cast in Doctor Who Series 7!

REG: “Iconic Star” Revealed!

Richard E Grant: cast in Doctor Who Series 7!WOW!

When I heard earlier this evening (the annual great banquet at Kasterborous Towers dragged me away from collating news for a couple of hours – it won’t happen again) that the BBC would be making a midnight announcement of an “iconic star” at midnight, the first thing to strike me was “what about Twitter?”

It seems that I shouldn’t have worried, however – the casting announcement for the Doctor Who Christmas Special that follows was a piece of extremely interesting news…

Richard E Grant.

He is, of course, the original Ninth Doctor, cruelly wiped from canon following the BBC announcement that they would be reviving the series with Russell T Davies in charge. A fascinating character, Grant – who starred with Eighth Doctor Paul McGann in the cult classic Withnail & I – wasn’t given the chance to develop his Doctor (and his relationship with a Derek Jacobi android Master) any further in Paul Cornell’s compelling but short-lived revival, Scream of the Shalka.

So, what’s Richard E. Grant – who also played the Doctor in Steven Moffat’s Comic Relief skit The Curse of the Fatal Death – exact role in the Doctor Who Christmas Special? We don’t yet know, of course, but the BBC will be filling in a few blanks (or posing new ones) later on today…



Christian Cawley

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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+.


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