Richard E. Grant Joins the Cast of the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special
Richard E. Grant has been cast in the upcoming 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special. The news came from a tweet from Doctor Who Magazine today. It's interesting to see an official-unofficial past Doctor actor return to the series. You may recall that Richard E. Grant was the original 9th Doctor in the Scream of the Shalka, a story written by Paul Cornell. This animated adventure was produced prior to the television series being relaunched in 2005. We reviewed Scream of the Shalka not too long ago in Doctor Who: Podshock 267. In it, we discussed Richard E. Grant's portrayal of the Doctor and how Scream was the forerunner of Rose.
Word is that he will be playing a villain in the special. This isn't the first time he is appearing in a "live action" story (as opposed to animation) connected with Doctor Who. He also played the part of a '10th Doctor' in the comical sketch for Comic Relief penned by Steven Moffat called Curse of the Fatal Death (see video below). This comedy romp also predates the return of the series to television.
Grant is probably most known by the general public for the Withnail and I (top left photo) which also stars another past Doctor actor, Paul McGann (the 8th Doctor).
Along with Grant, we also know that it is this story which will serve as an introduction to the 11th's Doctor new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.