Richard E. Grant is no stanger to Doctor Who having played the Doctor in the animated short, Scream of the Shalka, as well as the Comic Relief special, The Curse of the Fatal Death, but now he’ll learn what it’s like to square off against the Timelord when he plays the villain in the upcoming Christmas Special. It’s set to begin filming next week in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studio.
Hmm, I wonder if the entire special will be shot inside the studio or if there’ll be some location shooting? If there’s no location shooting I wouldn’t expect to see any pictures or video from the set, which has become pretty expected as of late.
Grant is joined by Tom Ward, star of BBC One’s in Silent Witness, obviously in addition to Matt Smith and his new companion, Jenna-Lousie Coleman who makes her debut in the Christmas Special.
Here’s the official press release:
Filming of 2012′s Doctor Who Christmas episode starts this week with two big film and television stars joining the show.
Richard E Grant, actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady.
On joining the show, Richard says: “I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I’m honoured to be in the Christmas Special.”
Tom Ward, who has starred in BBC One’s in Silent Witness as Harry Cunningham since 2002 also joins the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. It will be shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studios.
Doctor Who is coming soon to BBC One and the Christmas Special will be followed by a further eight episodes next year.
And if you’ve never seen the Comic Relief special, The Curse of the Fatal Death, I implore you to stop what you’re doing at take 20 minutes to watch it. The cast features some of Britain’s comedy greats including Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Hugh Grant, Jonathan Pryce and Joanna Lumley. You can thank me later.
Source: Doctor Who TV