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     Jacobi, Wanamaker to have "curious" Christmas    
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, July 24 2007 @ 03:09 PM EDT
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    General NewsTwo 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.




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