Richard E. Grant to Star in Doctor Who

The BBC, via their Twitter page, have just confirmed that Richard E. Grant will be appearing in the new series of Doctor Who, of which the first episode airs on 25 August.

Grant is no stranger to Doctor Who. He was the voice of the Doctor in Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka and also played the Doctor himself for comic relief in The Curse of the Fatal Death.

This immediately raises a variety of questions. For one thing, there is no information about when he will appear. It could be in the first five episode of this year, or next year for the 50th anniversary.

There have been numerous rumours about the 50th anniversary, with one being that a selection of previous Doctors will all appear on-screen at once. With Grant being a previous Doctor just fuels this rumour. Could he be the first part of a much larger puzzle?

This could all be completely wrong though. Richard E. Grant was never counted as an actual Doctor. He appeared between Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston, yet Mcgann was Doctor number eight and Eccleston was nine.

That certainly shakes things up a little bit. There is no doubt that rumours will start to fly over who Grant will play. Will this be the BBC finally pushing him fully into a Doctor role? It does seem unlikely as they would have to renumber the later Doctors.

What do you think? Is this the first of the Doctors being assembled? Will he even play the Doctor? Are you excited?

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