Behind the scenes when Richard E. Grant was the Doctor

 by Martin Belam, 7 August 2012

The BBC has announced that Richard E. Grant will be joining the cast of the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special. It won’t be his first brush with the series. In 1999 he briefly played an incarnation of the Doctor in the Comic Relief pastiche “The Curse of Fatal Death”, and in 2003 he took the role of the Doctor in an online animation “Scream of the Shalka”.

Scream of the Shalka

When I worked at the BBC, I used to get to go to all sorts of staff only presentations and events, and one of those in 2004 was about the making of “Scream of the Shalka” and a whole series of webcasts the BBC had done online.

James Goss - who now writes Doctor Who novels and audio adventures - and Martin Trickey gave the talk, and naturally, being me, I blogged it.

The Shalka project had been an attempt to make a “credible online future” for Doctor Who at a time when the prospect of it ever reaching the television again seemed unlikely. In reality, the announcement that BBC One was to revive the series happened just a few weeks before the animation “transmitted” - instantly rendering it more of a glimpse of a possible future, rather than a canonical continuation of the series.

So, fasten your seat belts and prepare to travel back in time to 2004, and “The Making of Doctor Who Webcasts

Read my original blog post from August 2004.

Rotating TARDIS

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