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Doctor Who and Dumbledore

12/07/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Michael Gambon - AKA Dumbledore in Harry Potter - is to star in the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special, which started shooting today. Wizard news, if you forgive the pun (not that we expect you to, of course).

Shooting just started this Monday on the 2010 Doctor Who BBC One Xmas Special in which the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and newlyweds Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) will continue in a rather festive tale.

In the great tradition of Doctor Who Christmas specials, this year the show has signed up such guest stars as Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The Singing Detective) and opera diva Katherine Jenkins, in her very first acting role

Executive producer, Steven Moffat, told, "Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters and the Doctor and a honeymoon and oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically."

Arriving on set for her first day of filming, Katherine Jenkins said, "I'm over the moon to be involved in the Doctor Who Christmas Special I can't quite believe it as it's a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever!"

Ben Stephenson, BBC Drama Controller, added, "Matt Smith and Karen Gillan captivated audiences in their debut series and Doctor Who's clever twist on the much loved A Christmas Carol will thrill BBC One viewers this year with special guest stars Sir Michael Gambon and singing sensation Katherine Jenkins joining Amy and the Doctor for an unforgettable present!"

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