Just a reminder to all those worried about it, playing a part in Doctor Who prior to being cast as the Doctor has 1) been done before, 2) didn’t mean anything, and 3) did not take away from the actor’s portrayal and his believability in the role.
btw, that was Will Merrick (Skins) in tonight’s episode of Doctor Who
Tamzin Outhwaite was on Doctor Who today! :D That means both she and her husband have been on the show, since her husband is of course the lovely Tom Ellis. <3 (He played Tom Milligan in Last of the Time Lords.)
"Chris met with Steven Moffat a couple of times to talk about Steven’s plans for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode,” an official source said.
"After careful thought, Chris decided not to be in the episode. He wishes the team all the best."
We’re delighted to reveal that Jemma Redgrave will be returning to Doctor Who for the show’s fiftieth anniversary special. She previously appeared in 2012’s The Power of Three playing Kate Stewart, daughter of the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Jemma is part of a brilliant cast that is already known to include Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman who are joined by the returning David Tennant and Billie Piper plus screen legend John Hurt and Joanna Page. Filming is underway on the special which will be a 3D spectacular shown later this year.
Former League of Gentlemen star is to play the second Doctor in An Adventure in Space and Time.
Info at Radio Times
Doctor Who star Alex Kingston has signed up to play Dinah Lance, the estranged mother Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) in Arrow.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Dinah Lance will make her debut later in 2013, seeking to make amends with the family she deserted following the death of her daughter – Laurel’s sister – Sarah (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) in the accident that marooned Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).
As we’ve mentioned before, the Arrow executive producers are huge fans of Who. First they cast Jack in a key role, now they’ve cast River.
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, BBC America, and SPACE and the Christmas Special will be followed by a further eight episodes next year.
As originally reported by Deadline, Eccleston is officially joining next year’s Asgardian sequel Thor: The Dark World. And as Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige hinted back in May, Eccleston will be playing a new villain drawn from Thor‘s comic book mythology: Malekith the Accursed.
Malekith was created by the great Thor writer-artist Walt Simonson back in the ’80s. He rules the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, one of the Nine Realms mentioned in the first Thor movie. Svartalfheim could be the “Dark World” of the sequel’s subtitle (although there’s another theory that the “Dark World” refers to the Asgardian underworld.) In his original comic book incarnation, Malekith allied himself with Thor’s brother/nemesis Loki and wound up controlling the Casket of Ancient Winters, an object of immense power which can bring down the infinite cold of yet another Realm: the frigid Niflheim. (Don’t worry, all these names will sound awesome when Anthony Hopkins says them.)It’s unclear how much of Malekith’s original story will be present in The Dark World. The character was actually an envoy for one of the great Big Bads in Thor’s history: the fire demon Surtur, a creature so massively powerful that he seems more like a potential threequel villain.
It’s just been revealed that the legendary Dame Diana Rigg will star in the new series of Doctor Who. And as if that wasn’t brilliant enough, she will star alongside her daughter, Rachael Stirling, in an episode written by Mark Gatiss!
Very light spoilers below.
The Press Release confirming the news was released today and reads:
Mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling are set to star side by side in the BBC Wales drama Doctor Who, the first time the pair have ever worked together on screen.
Character details remain under wraps, but the episode penned by Mark Gatiss will see Dame Diana and Rachael recreate their off-screen relationship on-screen, as they play a mother and daughter with a dark secret.
Starring alongside the Doctor, Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, the episode will air on BBC One in 2013 and is directed by Saul Metzstein. Filming begins this week (2 July) at Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff.
Dame Diana Rigg, who will play a Yorkshire local, said: “The first time Rachie and I will be working together is on an episode of “Doctor Who” specially written for us by Mark Gatiss. How lucky is that?”
Rachael Stirling, on working on Doctor Who, said: “What joy. I am looking forward to the madness of Doctor Who enormously. Mark Gatiss has written a gift of a script and an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious. We have never before worked together because the offers have not been tempting, but when such a funny and original script comes through you know the time has come.”
Steven Moffat, executive producer and head writer on Doctor Who, said: “Dame Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling and a Mark Gatiss script - a combination of talents you could only get in Doctor Who! Frankly, I’m terrified already!”
Jenna: “I want to get started already. I’m a huge fan of the show”. Of her favourite companion “Between Billie Piper & Karen Gillan.”“Matt Smith did my audition with me. It was fun and I felt like we were in it together.”
Steven Moffat: "We saw a lot of brilliant actresses. But Jenna was the only person going faster than Matt - he had to keep up!”
There will be 6 episodes this year, including the Xmas Special. Then 8 next year. Jenna’s character will first be seen at Xmas.
For more on Jenna, check out 'Jenna-Louise Coleman: Ten Things about the new 'Doctor Who' star Why we’re watching: Jenna-Louise Coleman, actor and Wikipedia.
The list of stars guesting on the new series of Doctor Who has once again increased to now include Star Wars actor Garrick Hagon.
The actor played rebel Biggs Darklighter in the original sci-fi blockbuster and is obviously a one to watch for the true geeks out there.
FreakCon posted a tweet revealing the news, saying, “Garrick Hagon, our guest at FreakCon, is currently shooting in Almeria, filming a series of Doctor Who.”
This is not the actor’s first foray into the world of the Doctor as he also appeared alongside Jon Pertwee in “The Mutants” back during the third Doctor’s tenure.
Ben Browder has reportedly signed up to appear on Doctor Who.
The Farscape star will appear in the sci-fi drama’s seventh series, according to Doctor Who Magazine.
The episode - written by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse - is said to be set in the Wild West. Upstairs Downstairs director Saul Metzstein will helm the installment.
Best known for playing John Crichton on Farscape from 1999 to 2003, Browder later starred in Stargate SG-1 and appeared in a recent episode of Chuck.
Former Doctor Who star Freema Agyeman has been cast in the upcoming Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries.
She will play Larissa in the new TV show, a character described as a “hip, cutting-edge editor/party girl” who works at Interview Magazine, reports Deadline.
Larissa will act as something of a mentor for the young Carrie Bradshaw, who will be played by AnnaSophia Robb in the pilot episode for US network CW.
Click through for the list. Some may surprise you.
Also: the new season of Being Human (UK) premieres on US televisions Saturday, February 25 at 9/8c on BBC America.