Richard E. Grant to play Doctor Who Christmas baddie – Daily TV round-up

Withnail And I actor to return to Doctor Who as new villain

Richard E. Grant is to play the baddie in the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special.

Villain... Richard E. Grant (Copyright: WENN)The star of films including 'Gosford Park' and 'Withnail And I' will appear in the festive edition of the show alongside Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will make her debut as the Doctor's new assistant.

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It's not Grant's first outing in a Timelord show though.

He voiced the Doctor for a special animated 'webisode' of the show to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2003 and in a spoof for Comic Relief in 1999, where he starred in a sketch called 'Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death'.

“I played Doctor Who in the digital animated ‘Scream Of The Shalka’ episode and I’m honoured to be in the Christmas special,” said Grant.

A source on the show told The Sun that 'The Doctor Who Christmas specials are famous for being stand-out episodes and this year’s will be no different'.

“It will have a really festive feel and Richard will be great as a baddie,” they added.

The episode will also feature 'Silent Witness' star Tom Ward. [The Sun]

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