|Two of the Tenth Doctor's most memorable enemies are pairing up for a holiday special of their own this year. Sir Derek Jacobi and Zoe Wanamaker will co-star in Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop, ITV's Christmas Day answer to "Voyage of the Damned".
According to a May 2007 article from The Stage, Jacobi will play the central role of "Grandfather"—a part more akin to that of Professor Yana than the Master. Grandfather is a man destroyed by gambling away his curiosity shop in an effort to carve a better life for himself and his granddaughter, Nell Trent. Wanamaker will play Mrs. Jarley, the owner of a travelling waxworks, who eventually employs the pair after Grandfather's loan shark, a dwarf named Quilp, takes possession of the shop.
Doctor Who fans will remember that Russell T. Davies expressed a desire to adapt the Dickens classic himself in a long interview with The Telegraph this March.
The ITV1 special will be at least the 11th time the story has been adapted for English-language film since 1911.