Remember all those years ago (okay, only four years ago) when Russell T Davies would use episode twelve of Doctor Who for a few celebrity appearances? McFly, Paul O’ Grady, Barbara Windsor, Davina McCall?
They were fun days, but over the last few years there’s been less and less time for these appearances as the show’s structure has changed somewhat.
However, according to The Guardian, Series 7 Episode 4 – The Power of Three (not a Charmed homage, we’re promised) – will set things right by bringing back the celebrity cameo!
Lord Alan Sugar, star of the reality business show The Apprentice, will make a cameo in the episode and challenge a group of potential entrepreneurs to sell as many of the mysterious black boxes that appear all over the world as they possibly can in order to impress him with their skills.
Quite frankly, it’s a welcome return of the celebrity cameo to the Doctor Who world after too long an absence. These small appearances helped to ground the show in reality and assisted in making the threats that the TARDIS team had to face just that little bit bigger. A popular TV show or celebrity reacting as if the Doctor’s world was real was a stroke of genius by Davies and it’s great to see writer Chris Chibnall bring it back for our Saturday night entertainment.
Let’s just hope that Lord Sugar doesn’t try to fire the Doctor, somehow we don’t think he’d intimidate the Time Lord too much!
The Power of Three will be on BBC One and BBC America on Saturday 22nd September.