Jemma Redgrave Enthused By 50th Anniversary Script

Jemma Redgrave, who returns to Doctor Who this November for its 50th Anniversary special as Kate Stewart, daughter of the late and lamented Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, has talked with utmost secrecy regarding the filming of the special that recently took place.

Kate Stewart

Appearing on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday morning, the actress remained tight-lipped about the script for the special and exactly what to expect:

I can’t tell you anything about it. If tell you anything about it this studio will spontaneously combust and we’ll both go up in smoke.

The BBC and Doctor Who’s production team have certainly been guarding Doctor Who’s plots and story arcs with a close eye this year (or as close as they can considering recent events), they wouldn’t even let cast members talk about the filming:

I wasn’t allowed to tell anybody that I was doing it. It was very difficult to tell my children I was going off filming and not tell them what I was doing, but then we filmed in Trafalgar Square a few weeks ago and it was on Twitter within three seconds flat, so I’m allowed to say I’m in it! And it’s brilliant!

Redgrave also revealed that the duration of the special was still in discussion as she was filming because the BBC wanted to stick it in-between shows:

The BBC want it between something and Strictly Come Dancing, so I don’t know how long it’s going to be.

But the outcome looks like we’re on for a cracking slice of Doctor Who:

Steven Moffat has written the most extraordinary script. I mean, he is so brilliant. But it is everything, it’s the adventure that children will get caught up in, it’s philosophical, it’s deep, it’s funny, it’s heart-breaking, it’s just great and it’s got an extraordinary cast.

Add this to the comments that Moffat recently made regarding ‘don’t believe everything you hear and don’t hear’ and the special just got even more exciting!

You can listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer – wind forward 1 hr 35 minutes to listen to Jemma chatting to Graham Norton.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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