Earlier today the offical doctor who Twitter accounted teased the revel of the guest star for the Xmas episode, saying:
Casting news! An iconic star will be appearing in DoctorWho and we’ve been granted permission to reveal who at midnight… See you at 00:00!
Twitter has been a buzz with rumours of who the guest star is. Finally we can reveal that the guest star is none other than Richard E Grant. This may not be the most exciting of actors people were hoping for but he is a top quality actor who has been involved with WHO before. But now the biggest speculation start with the type of character they will be playing and how they will interact with the doctor and will they help the doctor meet his new companion.
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Update 6 August:
The BBC have now issued a press release with the details of 2 actors who will be appearing in the Christmas special. One is Richard E Grant who we have already mentioned but the second is Tom Ward from the BBC’s Silent Witness. Press release and photos below.
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.