Let’s get this clear: Peter Capaldi was brilliant as Cardinal Richelieu in Series 1 of The Musketeers. When he got the role of the Twelfth Doctor, he was replaced by Marc Warren – aka Elton Pope from Love & Monsters – as Rochefort. And you know what? He was amazing too!
But he’s also been replaced – by Rupert Everett for Series 3 of the hit BBC drama!
Everett, who actually hasn’t appeared in Doctor Who (though acted with David Tennant in St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, a film met with, let’s say, less than favourable reviews), will star as the Philippe Achille, the Marquis de Feron and Louis XIII’s illegitimate brother. He’s also head of the Red Guard, so will cause plenty of trouble for the four musketeers. He says:
“I love the show and am really looking forward to working with the team.”
Showrunner, Adrian Hodges takes leave of the show, having been in charge since its debut, making way for Simon Ashford (Robin Hood; EastEnders) and Simon Allen (New Tricks; Hunted).
— BBC One (@BBCOne) May 13, 2015
Everett is joined by Matthew McNulty, who plays the vicious money-lender and criminal, Lucien Grimaud. Anyone who’s kept track of Jenna Coleman’s career will recall she starred opposite McNulty in Room at the Top, a drama made famous for her topless scene. You all seemed very interested in that, making the article about that instance the most-read on Kasterborous of 2012, you naughty lot.
Fans of the show will be pleased to hear the majority of the cast will return for the next run of episodes (expected to air in early 2016), including: Tom Burke as Athos, Howard Charles as Porthos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Luke Pasqualino as d’Artagnan, Ryan Gage as King Louis, Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne, Hugo Speer as Captain Treville, and Tamla Kari as Constance.
Frankly, if Series 3 is half as good as Series 2, we’ll be very happy!