Richard E. Grant to star in Doctor Who Christmas special

Richard E. Grant (BBC)British star Richard E. Grant, who played a “lick-the-mirror handsome” incarnation of the Doctor for a few minutes in a charity comedy special years ago and voiced another version in an animated online story, has joined the cast of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.

Tom Ward of BBC One’s Silent Witness also will appear in the holiday special, the first to feature star Matt Smith with his new co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman.

The Christmas special this year will bisect the seventh season or “series” of episodes.

In addition to the all-star parody “The Curse of Fatal Death” in 1999 (which you can watch below), Grant provided the voice for a now-retconned Ninth Doctor in the 2003 Flash-animated 40th anniversary miniseries “Scream of the Shalka,” which also starred Derek Jacobi and David Tennant (who would later play the 10th Doctor). It was novelized by BBC Books. Both productions came before the long-awaited return of the series to television in 2005 after its cancellation in 1989.

Source: BBC

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