Scream of the Shalka
13 November 2003
Richard E Grant as the Doctor, Sophie Okonedo as Alison Cheney, Conor Moloney as Dawson / Max, Craig Kelly as Joe, Anna Calder-Marshall as Mathilda Pierce, Derek Jacobi as The Master, Diana Quick as Shalka Prime, Jim Norton as Major Kennet
|Written by||Paul Cornell|
|Directed by||Wilson Milam|
|Produced by||Muirinn Lane Kelly|
It’s not only cats that have nine lives. Doctor Who is back! As the cult series prepares to celebrate its 40th birthday, Richard E Grant, star of films such as Withnail And I, Jack And Sarah and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, steps out of the TARDIS as the ninth incarnation of the Doctor – only on BBCi.
The new, animated Doctor Who series, Scream of the Shalka, premieres on BBCi on Thursday 13th November.Grant, who is joined by an all-star cast including Sir Derek Jacobi, Sophie Okonedo and Diana Quick, describes his interpretation of the much-loved Time Lord as ‘something of a Sherlock Holmes in space’. The six-part drama, animated by Cosgrove Hall and posted on BBCi at lunchtime on Thursdays, follows hot on the heels of the success of previous BBCi web dramas, including Shada, a lost Doctor Who script written by the late Douglas Adams, and the Prix Europa-nominated Ghosts Of Albion, starring Leslie Phillips, written by Amber Benson (who plays Tara in Buffy The Vampire Slayer).
Scream of the Shalka has been scripted by established TV writer Paul Cornell, who has worked on series including BBC One’s Casualty and has written a number of science fiction novels.