So do you have some time for more Christmas Cheer on this year’s special, Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio?   Justin Chatwin wants to let you know all his secrets behind The Ghost, his alter-ego Grant and where a super-hero would take a TARDIS for Christmas.

It is just another couple of sneaky insights while we are all waiting for The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) to reappear on our telly this Christmas Day.

Can’t Wait!!

Justin Chatwin

How did the role come about?

Doctor Who Xmas Special 2016 - Matt Lucas as Nardole and Justin Chatwin as Grant - BBC - Photo: Simon Ridgway
Doctor Who Xmas Special 2016 – Matt Lucas as Nardole and Justin Chatwin as Grant – BBC – Photo: Simon Ridgway

I got a letter sent to my agent from Ed [Bazalgette] and Peter [Bennet] just saying that “we’re doing the Christmas Special of Doctor Who, here’s the script and here’s the deal and this is how long etc” – it’s how most scripts come about. I read it and I said “This is the best thing I’ve read all year”. It was really funny and really entertaining and when an actor gets writing that’s as good as that it’s really hard to say no. The calibre of acting is phenomenal – I’m a huge fan of Matt Lucas from Little Britain and I had seen Peter Capaldi’s work and he’s great. There’s a pace and specificity and a respect for writing, rehearsal and theatre that is more cared for here and it shows in the work.

What superpower would you have?


How did you find working with Steven’s script?

As long as we stuck close to what Steven wrote, word-for-word, it was perfect because he wrote something that flowed so well. So if I missed a word, it probably wouldn’t work. This was the first thing I’ve ever been on where I didn’t have an opinion about a line – it was line-for-line perfect. Every single line motivated the next and every single word had a meaning behind it. It was good subtext, it was really good storytelling and when there’s good storytelling, actors are happy!

Doctor Who Xmas Special 2016 - Justin Chatwin as Grant - BBC - Photo: Simon Ridgway
Doctor Who Xmas Special 2016 – Justin Chatwin as Grant – BBC – Photo: Simon Ridgway

Where would you take the TARDIS for Christmas?

What appealed to you about the role of Grant/The Ghost?

I loved, loved, loved the old Batman, the old Superman, the old Spiderman because there was so much story and it was more about relationships. The original Superman was this nerd – a nerd who couldn’t get the girl so he created this alter ego in order to be the guy that he couldn’t be and that’s the same with Grant and The Ghost. I really felt it would be fun to play a character that was very much like what Christopher Reeves did with Superman combined with a little bit of what Michael Keaton did in Batman.

Doctor Who Xmas Special 2016 - Charity Wakefield as Lucy and The Ghost - BBC - Photo: Simon Ridgway
Doctor Who Xmas Special 2016 – Charity Wakefield as Lucy and The Ghost – BBC – Photo: Simon Ridgway

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio airs Christmas Day at 5:45 pm on BBC One and 8/9c on BBC America.

The special is written by Steven Moffat, Executive Produced by Brian Minchin, Produced by Peter Bennett and Directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark). It was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock.Studios.

Pre-order your copy of this years special on Amazon.

 

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Susan Hewitt
Susan Hewitt is the Editor and Site Owner of Blogtor Who. She has loved all Doctor Who for over 5 decades now. Prisoner, Blake-7, Space-1999, Star Wars and Star Trek were also huge favourites. Her favourite Doctor is Tom Baker with Peter Capaldi following in a close second. However, David Tennant does rank as one of her favourite actors particular due to his brilliant work in theatre. She followed her heroes and became an Electrical Engineering in the semiconductor industry and worked for ATI, AMD and ARM. She currently works at Ryff as their Platform Architect when she isn't writing or editing Blogtor Who.

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