Richard E. Grant & Tom Ward Sign On For ‘Doctor Who’ 2012 Christmas Special

Grant will be this year's villain after previously playing the Doctor in two unofficial "Doctor Who" stories.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The 2012 "Doctor Who" Christmas special is filming this week in Wales with two significant guest stars added to this year's show.

BBC has announced that Richard E. Grant and Tom Ward have both been cast to appear opposite Matt Smith's Doctor in this year's Christmas special, but only Grant has been confirmed as the villain of the piece.

Grant has actually portrayed the Doctor twice before in the online flash animated series "Doctor Who: Scream Of The Shalka" and in the 1999 "Doctor Who" Comic Relief sketch, "The Curse of Fatal Death;" in which Rowan Atkinson's Doctor regenerates into Grant's doctor. Both appearances are not counted among the show's overall cannon, making Grant's Christmas special role his first official appearance in the franchise.

Aside from his "Doctor Who" roles, Grant is well known for his appearances in several feature films like L.A. Story, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady. Ward has starred in the British crime series, "Silent Witness" since 2002, in addition to roles in "Pride and Prejudice" and "The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells" as well as several TV movies, including Marple: The Pale Horse, Instinct and Hawking.

"Doctor Who" showrunner and executive producer, Steven Moffat has written this year's Christmas special, which Saul Metzstein is slated to direct. The Christmas special will also introduce "Doctor Who" fans to actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will be making her first appearance as the Doctor's new companion. However, very few details about Coleman's character have been officially revealed.

The 2012 "Doctor Who" Christmas special will likely air Christmas night on BBC One and BBC America. 


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