Richard E. Grant Returns to Doctor Who

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As promised, the official Doctor Who website has now revealed the “iconic” guest star they teased earlier on Sunday.

If the headline wasn’t a big enough clue, the person in question is Richard E. Grant.

Grant isn’t new to the world of Doctor Who of course. He actually appeared as the Doctor in the 1999 Comic Relief special, The Curse of Fatal Death, as well as the 2003 animated series Scream of the Shalka.

As predicted, Grant will appear in the 2012 Christmas special. He will be playing a villain.

UPDATE: Press release:

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.

See Grant in The Curse of Fatal Death below.