Richard E Grant and Tom Ward to Star in the Christmas Special

Christmas stars: Richard E Grant (left) and Tom Ward.

Early this morning we revealed that Richard E Grant will appear in the new series of Doctor Who.  We can now confirm that he joins the cast for this year’s Christmas Special which will also star Tom Ward.

Richard E Grant voiced the Doctor in the animated adventure, Scream of the Shalka, after briefly appearing as the Time Lord in The Curse of Fatal Death, a light-hearted Comic Relief Special that was written by Steven Moffat. Tom Ward is perhaps best known for his role of Harry in Silent Witness, but this isn’t his first brush with time traveling adventures, having starred as the title character in The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells.

A BBC press release also reveals the Christmas Special begins filming this week and was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. In the episode, the Doctor (Matt Smith) will be joined by the new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

The press release in full reads:

Richard E Grant and Tom Ward join cast of Doctor Who Christmas Special

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 and the Christmas Special will be followed by a further eight episodes next year.

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales Production for BBC One.

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