Ian McKellen to star in Doctor Who Christmas special

Sir Ian McKellen is lending his voice to the 'Doctor Who - The Snowmen' Christmas special, in which he will portray the titular killers, who all have the same voice

Sir Ian McKellan

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen will star in the 'Doctor Who - The Snowmen' Christmas special.

The 'Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' actor is lending his voice to the role of the titular killers, The Snowmen, who all have the same voice, in the sci-fi show's festive episode alongside Richard E. Grant, who is playing Victorian misanthrope Dr. Simeon.

While the 73-year-old star - who made a brief appearance as Mel Hutchwright in ITV1 soap 'Coronation Street' in May 2005 - is guest starring in the special episode, recent speculation suggests he could be set for a longer stint on the programme.

Jenna-Louise Coleman will make her debut as the Time Lord's new sidekick Clara Oswin in 'Doctor Who - The Snowmen' following her appearance in episode 'Asylum of the Daleks' in September, where she played deceased Dalek Oswin Oswald.

The special festive episode will see the titular Time Lord - played by Matt Smith - take on a mysterious icy menace which is causing chaos in Victorian England in 1892.

News of Ian's appearance comes two years after Matt said he would love the actor to play a bad guy in the show.

When asked who he would he like to see on 'Doctor Who' - which has previously attracted guest stars such as Michael Gambon, Kylie Minogue and Timothy Dalton - he replied: "Maybe Ian McKellen would be quite interesting to come and do one. He could be a cool baddie, couldn't he?"

The 'Doctor Who - The Snowmen' Christmas special will air on Christmas Day (25.12.12) at 5:15pm on BBC One.


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