Monday, 6 August 2012
After the read-through last week, the first casting for the Christmas Special was announced this morning. Richard E Grant is going to be playing the villain of the piece. His previous Doctor Who connections involve playing the Time Lord himself - twice. He was the alternative 10th Doctor of The Curse of Fatal Death. He then became the alternative 9th Doctor in the webcast Scream of the Shalka.
His breakthrough film role was alongside real 8th Doctor Paul McGann in 'Withnail & I'.
Joining him in what will be Jenna-Louise Coleman's début story is Tom Ward, known to British TV audiences as pathologist Harry Cunningham in the BBC's 'Silent Witness' drama - a role he recently announced he was stepping down from after 10 years.