The BBC certainly knows how to drive Doctor Who fans’ excitement over the edge, announcing the return of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and his first companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) just ahead of mid-season premiere “The Bells of St John” last week. We’ve previously learned that the episode will also be feature-length and will be shot in 3D, for those of you lucky enough to own a 3D television.
To allay any fears that this latest announcement might simply have been a cruel early April Fools prank, the official Doctor Who Twitter feed has posted two photos from the first read-through, featuring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors united and teasingly holding up copies of the episode script.
The second photo also reveals a brand new casting announcement. On the far left for this one is Joanna Page, a Welsh actress best known for her role in sitcom Gavin and Stacey. A few years ago, amidst rumours that she had been cast in the show, Page jokingly said:
“I think I’ve got to be the only Welsh actress who has never been in Doctor Who, so if someone would like me to be in Doctor Who I would love the part.”
It’s good to see that Page has finally got her wish. This picture also features Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays latest companion Clara Oswin Oswald, sandwiched between the two very tall Doctors. Note that Tennant also seems to be sporting a variation on his old Doctor Who trench coat for this photo.
Though the pictures only show four of the 50th anniversary special’s cast members, the show’s producers have hinted that we can expect to see quite a few more familiar faces, along with Oscar-winning British actor John Hurt (Harry Potter, Merlin). Hopefully we’ll hear more cast reveals soon, but until we do there’s a lot of fun to be had in speculation.
Doctor Who airs Saturday @8pm on BBC America