The episode, which will air on Christmas Day, stars Richard E. Grant as Dr. Simeon, an evil mastermind who commands an army of vicious snowmen. It is also when fans will be formally introduced to the Doctor’s new companion, Clara, played by ex-Emmerdale actress Jenna-Louise Coleman.
You don’t have to like Dickens. Literature is a house with many mansions. But if Dickens gets up your nose, as he clearly gets up the BBC’s, the question has to be asked why you simply don’t leave him alone.
The Mystery Of Edwin Drood is a Charles Dickens story about a choirmaster’s obsession with a beautiful young woman. But a different kind of obsession has developed since Dickens last put pen to paper on the novel 142 years ago: How should the story end?
As Jedrington Secret-Past he fronts the BBC’s big Christmas costume comedy, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, a freewheeling spoof of all things Dickens, based by writer Mark Evans on his Radio 4 series Bleak Expectations.