Doctor Who: series 7 casting news

News Louisa Mellor 5 Nov 2012 - 09:53

British actress Celia Imrie has been confirmed as appearing in the second half of the current series of Doctor Who...

The first post-Christmas Special episode of Doctor Who's current series is to feature a familiar face in the form of UK telly, stage and film stalwart Celia Imrie.

Episode 7.7, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Colm McCarthy, is said to be a modern-day Earth story featuring Imrie amongst the guest cast in an unspecified role. Due to air in the spring of 2013, it's to be the first of the eight new episodes that will complete the show's current interrupted run.

Incidentally, the episode won't be Imrie's first on-screen appearance with new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, as the pair worked together on Julian Fellowes' not-so-affectionately dubbed 'Drownton Abbey' drama, Titanic, last April. We'll keep you posted as soon as more news arrives...

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Despite the claim of an "uninterupted run", it does appear that series 7 is really two shortened seasons.

Money, perhaps? How long do you reckon before we start seeing Doctor Who as a joint US-UK co-production like Torchwood?

Not really. Season 7 finishes next spring, but then it returns for Season 8 and the 50th anniversary celebrations later that same year. Season 7 just re-positioned Who into the darker months rather than early summer; much better home for it.

You need to read the article again. They said it was an 'interrupted run' not an 'uninterrupted run' which kind of makes you criticism moot.

Look. I keep reading this. There is no season 8 next year. You have the anniversary special or specials then some form of season 8 the following year, 2014. If you think theres a special AND season 8 all next year your sadly mistaken. This is to fund the special and to keep Matt in the Tardis another year or so without the normal workload.

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Never I say. The BBC know part of Doctor Who's appeal is that it's British and they'd want to keep it that way so that it still pulls in the viewers. DW is obviously an expensive show to make, but for them they know the rewards are great by keeping it in the UK

Much as Miracle Day didn't go down well, part of me think it was an experiment by the BBC to see if a UK-US co-production could ever work for DW again, even though the two shows are very different. Obviosuly it didn't work and I doubt such a thing will happen to any Doctor Who again for a long time, if ever.

That was most unlike me. It is right and proper you should correct me! ;)

Hehehe; sorry, it's a compulsion. I'd vote for anyone who promised to put a grammar/spell-checker on the internet which refused any post or article which did not comply with correct English.
That said, in response to your actual point: To be honest, I haven't followed news of future Who for fear of spoilers; all I knew was that it was going to be on TV around November and just assumed it to be a new season. My bad.

Absolutely no need to apologise. it's only because I keep hearing it's on an American podcast that they are fully expecting a full series 8. let's face it that's what we would all want. This year has been a bit of a damp squib because it was over so quickly. Dam those budgets.

And dam Siri which didn't quite transcribe as I told it to! "It on" not it's on! ;)

Well, the BBC are doing more US-UK co-productions.

The Thick Of It was co-produced by Hulu (was previously a co-production of BBC America) - and Merlin is co-produced by Shine (now part of the Murdoch empire), so something is up with old Auntie to make her become much more of a distributor rather than simply a program maker as it was back in the "good old days". Indies and co-productions are now the norm rather than the exception.

But even then, wasn't at least one series of classic Doctor Who co-produced by one of the New Zealand broadcasters - or am I imagining it?

Very much doubt it. The NZ broadcasters didn't even play half the episodes before Tom Baker. Cheapskates. Although I suppose at least they did keep copies of some of them.

The first two David Tennant series were both co-produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

True, but I just feel that now Doctor Who is the success on a global scale that the BBC had hoped for in the past (not saying it wasn't before, but look at what it is now) they will want to retain as much of it as possible. Thereby I don't see a co-production happening and the BBC will want it all produced in house.

All in all it's a big enough success now that they don't need funding from international broadcasters. I really do think they will want to keep Doctor Who as British as possible for it to endure success, despite other lesser successful shows being US-UK co-productions.

The Five Doctors was co financed by the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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