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Michael Gambon Signs Up For Festive ‘Doctor Who’

Harry Potter actor will be joined by cross-over musician Katherine Jenkins

Right now, it’s July. It’s time for barbecues, summer parties and afternoons in a beer garden.

But in Wales it is also Christmas … for “Doctor Who” at least.

Production is now underway on the 2010 Christmas special episode, a tradition of the series since it returned in 2005, with a few familiar names set to make an appearance. The series already has featured some big names in previous festive episodes, including Kylie Minogue and David Morrissey. But this year, showrunner Steven Moffat has someone special for the shows audience.

Words such as “Nitwit, blubber, oddment, tweak” are unlikely to be uttered, but stepping into the Tardis is Michael Gambon, the Welsh actor who is perhaps better known as the second incarnation of Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter franchise. Joining him on his out of this world encounter with The Doctor (reprised by Matt Smith) is Katherine Jenkins, a renowned crossover artist. Jenkins has a variety of different musical genres to her name, including arias, pop songs, hymns and classical music.

No details have been confirmed by the BBC on the plot of this year’s outing, only that it will be a “clever twist on Charles Dickens’ ‘Christmas Carol.'” The adventure also will mark the first Christmas episode penned by Moffat, who took over show running duties after Russell T. Davies — who revived the franchise five years ago — moved on to other projects, including a globalized version of the “Doctor Who” spinoff show “Torchwood,” which will debut on the American Starz cable channel next year.

Moffat has promised that this will be “the most Christmassy Christmas special” the series has ever produced.

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