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.
“When I arrived at the set, it was quite breathtaking. This beautiful forest, decked out in snow – it looked amazing. And then us as forest space farmers clanging around, it was such fun. It was a juxtaposition of all that is the essence of Doctor Who for me.”
Matt plays football on The Graham Norton Show. Watch a clip here.
2x00- The Christmas Invasion
6x00- A Christmas Carol
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This Christmas Eve, relive your favorite moments from the Doctor Who Christmas Specials with BBC America’s all new original special, DOCTOR WHO: BEST OF THE CHRISTMAS SPECIALS *** Premiering Saturday Dec 24 at 8/7c. ***
Celebrate the Yuletide best of Doctors 10 & 11 - David Tennant and Matt Smith - with celebrity fans like The Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick, 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit, Wired Magazine’s Adam Rogers and Would You Rather…?’s Faith Salie. Plus, Whovians like you, answering Doctor Who holiday questions!
Immediately followed at 9/8c by The Nerdist: Year In Review, where Chris Hardwick and his team of nerd experts review the best of the U.S. and the UK’s top nerd moments, gadgets and superheroes of 2011, and geek-tastic reviews of the year’s best moments from Comic Con and Doctor Who.
"This is a piece of fan art I made based on last year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, A Christmas Carol. I love this episode! It has quickly become one of my favorite things to watch around the holidays. I recently re-watched it, and I might have to do so again before the season is over. It is brilliant. Thanks Steven Moffat.”
She has a video of how she made this in Photoshop. Go read the rest at danidraws.com
Watch the Christmas premiere, Sunday Dec 25 at 9/8c on BBC America.