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Published on May 15th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett

Jemma Redgrave Enthused By 50th Anniversary Script

Jemma Redgrave, who returns to Doctor Who this November for its 50th Anniversary special as Kate Stewart, daughter of the late and lamented Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, has talked with utmost secrecy regarding the filming of the special that recently took place.

Kate Stewart

Appearing on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday morning, the actress remained tight-lipped about the script for the special and exactly what to expect:

I can’t tell you anything about it. If tell you anything about it this studio will spontaneously combust and we’ll both go up in smoke.

The BBC and Doctor Who’s production team have certainly been guarding Doctor Who’s plots and story arcs with a close eye this year (or as close as they can considering recent events), they wouldn’t even let cast members talk about the filming:

I wasn’t allowed to tell anybody that I was doing it. It was very difficult to tell my children I was going off filming and not tell them what I was doing, but then we filmed in Trafalgar Square a few weeks ago and it was on Twitter within three seconds flat, so I’m allowed to say I’m in it! And it’s brilliant!

Redgrave also revealed that the duration of the special was still in discussion as she was filming because the BBC wanted to stick it in-between shows:

The BBC want it between something and Strictly Come Dancing, so I don’t know how long it’s going to be.

But the outcome looks like we’re on for a cracking slice of Doctor Who:

Steven Moffat has written the most extraordinary script. I mean, he is so brilliant. But it is everything, it’s the adventure that children will get caught up in, it’s philosophical, it’s deep, it’s funny, it’s heart-breaking, it’s just great and it’s got an extraordinary cast.

Add this to the comments that Moffat recently made regarding ‘don’t believe everything you hear and don’t hear’ and the special just got even more exciting!

You can listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer - wind forward 1 hr 35 minutes to listen to Jemma chatting to Graham Norton.


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One Response to Jemma Redgrave Enthused By 50th Anniversary Script

  1. avatar Frankie says:

    “The BBC want it between something and Strictly Come Dancing, so I don’t know how long it’s going to be.”

    Well we’ll look forward to the extra fifteen minutes we’re likely to get – if we’re lucky. Can’t affect the scheduled time of that creative powerhouse that is Strictly Come Dancing can we!?

    Despite being the most successful thing the BBC has ever produced, they continue to treat DW with disdain — even after 50 years of it bringing in the serious moolah! The BBC even made a fortune from licensing only without bothering to make any episodes for 15 years. And when they brought the series back, the ‘Beeb’ made sure to kick squarely in the teeth those die-hard Who-loving enterprises like Dapol in Llangollen and the Longleat estate in Wiltshire by snatching back their licenses and closing down exhibitions that had given fans some little comfort during a long, long “hiatus”. (They call it that because they don’t like to admit they CANCELLED the show.)

    What is the secret of Doctor Who’s success? Don’t know but certainly not anything the BBC have done in the last 20 years at least.

    And this last series (7b) has been overall rubbish. It felt rushed, cheap and like someone somewhere doesn’t give a monkeys about the show anymore. Maybe even the head writer?!? I suspect the reason why is favouritism when it comes to Sherlock. The BBC is such a fickle b**ch!

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