Michael McShane to star with Matt Smith in Doctor Who

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 April 2012
Karen, Matt and Arthur

Matt, Karen and Arthur filming in New York

American actor Michael McShane will appear in episode five of the new series of 'Doctor Who' opposite Matt Smith

American actor Michael McShane is appearing in the new series of 'Doctor Who'.

The 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' star will be seen in episode five of Series 7 playing a villain alongside returning monsters the Weeping Angels.

He revealed his involvement with the BBC sc-fi show on his twitter page writing: "Most fantastic time doing Doctor Who; best cast and crew I've been with in a while! Long live Gallifrey. (sic)"

The episode is set in New York and has huge significance in the programme's storyline because it will be the last adventure to feature the Doctor's companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams - who are played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill respectively.

McShane - who is famous for his appearances on improvisation comedy show 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' - has been teasing 'Doctor Who' fans on his twitter page by writing about his role but not giving any hints as to who he is playing.

He tweeted: "Spoiler Alert for Dr Who; in my episode the Doctor finds he's got a /;;zapppppp GACK. sizzle, hissssss... (sic)"

It has also been revealed that Riann Steele is playing Egyptian Queen Nefertiti in the second episode of the upcoming series - which will be current Time Lord Matt Smith's third in the iconic role.

Karen and Arthur are being replaced in the TARDIS by Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will make her debut as the new companion in this year's Christmas special.

Series 7 airs this autumn.

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