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Gambon in Doctor Who Christmas Special

By July 18, 2010

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Michael Gambon, confirmed to be in the (I)Who(/i) Christmas special, and Brian Blessed, who might jo

Michael Gambon, confirmed to be in the Who Christmas special.

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This week's season finale of Doctor Who already raises the prospect of the ensuing dry spell. But at least we're getting a picture of what we'll have to look forward to in this year's Christmas special, which lead writer Steven Moffat is calling "the most Christmassy Christmas special."

The two key guest stars will be Michael Gambon and Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, alongside regulars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill. Gambon is best known in the UK for The Singing Detective and Longitude and worldwide as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies. Jenkins enthused, "I'm over the moon to be involved in the Doctor Who Christmas Special! I can't quite believe it as it's a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household."

[Edited to correct: Rumors have circulated on the internet that the booming-voiced Brian Blessed and Zoe Tapper (Demons, Survivors) have also been cast; but it seems these reports have no foundation beyond what appears to be an unsupported IMDb entry. Too bad.]

Gambon's role is not yet known, but the subject matter is. Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, has revealed that this year's Christmas special will be "Doctor Who's clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol."

Moffat clearly had a jolly time writing it: "Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favorite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon. And ... oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbors loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically!"
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July 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm
(1) Matthew says:

Also cast according to an obvious hoax entries in IMDb, are Brian Blessed as Omega and Zoe Tapper as Death. If you can find a report that doesn’t rely on the IMDb listing (which relies on user submissions) then I’d be interested to see it. Or do you think that IMDb is reliable and the Christmas special will also have Tom Baker in it? And Adric’s Ghost? And Kroll, the giant octopus? And John Simm as the the Master? And River Song? And some Cyber Daleks?

They’re all currently listed in IMDb which has, in the past, had listed Norman Lovett as Davros in The Parting of the Ways, John Simm as Sam Tyler in Doomsday and Miranda Richardson as President Romana in The End of Time among many other hoax entries.

If you don’t have a source other than IMDb it probably isn’t true.

Anything with even the vaguest source is likely to appear here:


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