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…
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) August 5, 2012
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…