We’re delighted to reveal that Jemma Redgrave will be returning to Doctor Who for the show’s fiftieth anniversary special. She previously appeared in 2012’s The Power of Three playing Kate Stewart, daughter of the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Jemma is part of a brilliant cast that is already known to include Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman who are joined by the returning David Tennant and Billie Piper plus screen legend John Hurt and Joanna Page. Filming is underway on the special which will be a 3D spectacular shown later this year.
Doctor Who Announces All-Star Cast for 50th Anniversary
Ahead of tonight’s premiere, Doctor Who has today revealed some of the all-star cast that will mark the 50th anniversary. David Tennant and Billie Piper will join current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, while John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien, Harry Potter) will also co-star.
Last seen as the Doctor on January 1st 2010, this will be the first time Tennant has reprised his role as the Tenth Doctor. During his reign as the Time Lord, Tennant appeared in three series as well as several specials. He was first revealed as the Doctor in the 2005 series finale, ‘The Parting of the Ways’.
Meanwhile Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler for two series following the reboot in 2005, will appear in the show for the first time since featuring in Tennant’s last episode, ‘The End of Time’ in 2010.
Also confirmed to join the cast is John Hurt who will also co-star in the 3D anniversary special that will form part of blockbuster celebrations later this year.
The 50th anniversary will be written by Steven Moffat and Directed by Nick Hurran.
Filming for the 50th anniversary starts this week. Meanwhile Doctor Who returns tonight on BBC America (March 30, 8/7c), BBC One (30 Mar, 6:15pm), SPACE Channel (March 30, 8e/5p), and ABCTV (March 31, 7.30p) for a run of eight epic episodes, which officially introduces the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
Karen Gillan continues to add credits to her post-Amy Pond career. The former Doctor Who companion has joined the cast of Adult Swim’s live-action terrorism drama spoof NTSF:SD:SUV:: as Daisy, a Quartermaster-like tech expert, Deadline reports. The series has begun filming its third season in Los Angeles and London, which is set to return in July.
Doctor Who News reports that actress and dancer Sophie Holt has been added to the cast of the Doctor Who docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, having been confirmed in the role of who played Dodo Chaplet during the years.
Graduating from the Masters Performing Arts College in 2010, she has undertaken a number of theatrical roles, including productions for M&M Theatrical Productions, and also touring in Italy in Circus for the Smile Theatre Company. Breaking into television, as well as An Adventure in Space and Time, she has just played a supporting actress in the series premiere of this year’s Poirot - Elephants Can Remember.
Further details as well as a filming report can be found on the Doctor Who News page.
Sarah Winter is the latest cast member to be added to Mark Gatiss’ 50th Anniversary docudrama, An Adventure in Space and Time. The relative newcomer will play Delia Derbyshire, the influential composer most famous for her arrangements of the Doctor Who theme.
Doctor Who News reports that additional cast members been added to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time with (Waterloo Road) in the role of (“Ian”) and (Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland) in the role of (“Barbara”).
With these additions, currently known cast for An Adventure in Space and Time are:
- David Bradley as William Hartnell
- Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert
- Brian Cox as Sydney Newman
- Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein
- Jamie Glover as William Russell
- Jemma Powell as Jacqueline Hill
- Claudia Grant as Carole Ann Ford
The site also has a report of this week’s filming including photos from location shooting.
UPDATE: Doctor Who News has revealed that original Doctor Who cast member is to appear in An Adventure in Space and Time. His agent, Feast Management, reports that the actor will be playing the role of Harry - no other details of the character are known at present.
Doctor Who News has a comprehensive report on the filming of the Mark Gatiss penned docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time exploring the creation of Doctor Who. The report also reveals the casting of the actress playing Carole Ann Ford (The Doctor’s granddaughter Susan) who is to be played by newcomer Claudia Grant - as confirmed by the agency run by William Hartnell’s real-life granddaughter Jessica Carney.
You can read the full report at Doctor Who News.
BBC AMERICA has announced casting and details for An Adventure of Space and Time, a film dramatization written by Mark Gatiss about the creation of Doctor Who which premiered November 23, 1963. David Bradley (Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies) will play actor William Hartnell. Call the Midwife star Jessica Raine will play producer Verity Lambert, and Brian Cox (the original Hannibal Lecter) has been cast as BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman.
You can read further details on BBC America’s Anglophenia and also the Radio Times.
Entertainment Weekly reports Doctor Who alum Alex Kingston is joining The CW’s superhero drama Arrow in a recurring guest star role. The British actress will play Dinah Lance (the first and original Black Canary in the comics), Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) mom and Detective Quentin’s (Paul Blackthorne) ex-wife.
Kingston is the third Doctor Who alum to appear on Arrow following in the footsteps of Colin Salmon and John Barrowman.
Further details at the Entertainment Weekly site.
The BBC has announced that Richard E. Grant (Withnail And I) and Tom Ward (Silent Witness) will be joining the cast of the 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.
(via BBC - Doctor Who)