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Michael Gambon Joins 'Dr. Who' for Christmas
14 Jul 2010 :
Micahel Gambon wireimage
Shooting is currently underway in Cardiff of an hour-long Christmas special of ‘Dr Who’. Award winning Irish actor Michael Gambon (The Singing Detective, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) is to star in this year’s special which sees classical singer Katherine Jenkins co-star in her acting debut.

The Dublin-born actor will enjoy a starring role alongside current Dr. Who, Matt Smith (The Eleventh Hour) and his sidekick Amy played by Karen Gillan (Outcast) in a special episode of the time-travel series which is to be a twist on Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol story. Executive producer and co-writer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) has described it as "all your favourite Christmas movies at once."

Gambon will co-star alongside Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins in her first foray into acting. Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning, said the collaboration between the team, Jenkins and Gambon would be an "unforgettable present", whilst Steven Moffat further voiced his excitement, saying "We're going for broke with this one. It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon.

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

The hour-long show will centre around Amy and new husband Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) as they venture off on their honeymoon. But, as is tradition with the ‘Doctor Who’ series, the holiday is unlikely to proceed as planned. The special is prodcued by Sanne Wohlenberg (The Whistleblowers), directed by Toby Haynes (Being Human) and the director of photography is Stephan Pehrsson (The Big Bang). The TX date is TBC.

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