Michael Gambon in “Doctor Who” Christmas Special

It’s not as though there’s ever been any point to playing “Six Degrees” with British actors — the sheer amount of national nepotism makes it utterly pointless.  But if you weren’t convinced yet, this newest bit of casting news should do it: seems the Second Dumbledore will be appearing with the Eleventh Doctor in this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special.

According to the BBC press offices, Michael Gambon will be appearing in the Doctor’s next adventure this December.  Also joining the cast is Welsh mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins.  There’s no word as to what roles they will be playing, as — wonder of wonders — it’s once again the “in” thing not to release spoilers for one’s own show.

The Beeb is staying tight-lipped about the plot of the sixth “Doctor Who” Christmas special, saying only that it will be a “clever twist” on A Christmas Carol. Steven Moffat also assures us that this will be “the most Christmassy Christmas special” yet.  Probably not difficult to do, seeing as how in recent years said specials have strayed further and further away from any sort of holiday theme – save for the Doctor wrecking half of London, which is sort of a Christmas tradition now.

The question is, who’s more excited: the fans, or the head writer?

I’ve honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours 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.

Filming began last week, and the special (no title has yet been released) will air on BBC One on Christmas day.

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 21:27 by Kara Dennison · Permalink
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