Dr. Moon Does The Cha Cha

Strictly Come Dancing returns to your screens tonight, signalling the countdown to the next episode of Doctor Who (and Christmas). And Whovians will recognise a familiar face.

“The real world is a lie – and your nightmares are real.”

Colin Salmon, who is dancing alongside Kristina Rihanoff, played Doctor Moon in 2008’s Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead, where he tried to keep Charlotte Abigail Lux (or CAL) in check – though he was forced out of existence briefly when she had a bit of a breakdown.

The story was penned by the now-showrunner, Steven Moffat, and introduced Professor River Song… before killing her off. Her memory always lives on, though, alongside Doctor Moon in the computerised centre of the planet.

Salmon also starred alongside SJA’s Daniel Anthony in Big Finish’s Wirrn Dawn.

Salmon is perhaps best-known as Charles Robinson in the James Bond films, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day (a film franchise which has reached its 50th anniversary today), but has also starred in… well, just about everything; from Spooks to The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Lovejoy to Punisher: War Zone. He’s also been in Party Animals with Matt Smith and Secret Diary of a Call Girl opposite Billie Piper.

Colin will dance the Cha Cha to James Brown’s I Got You (I Feel Good) when the show returns to BBC One tonight at 9pm, and continuing at 6.30pm tomorrow. Other celebrities dancing tonight include Gold-winning Olympian, Victoria Pendleton; Nicky “Westlife” Byrne; and Fern “I think Doctor Who’s boring (even though my job means interviewing the stars of the show)” Britton.

Strictly Come Dancing is, of course, one of the BBC’s two biggest shows, the other one being – – well, guess Who…


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion: http://thedoctorwhocompanion.com/

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