Great Intelligence Manifests Himself in Westeros?

Richard E Grant is the latest actor to chalk up credits on both Doctor Who and that other big beast of SF and fantasy television Game of Thrones – according to a swiftly removed reference on his agent’s website anyway.

Although it’s yet to be officially confirmed, it looks as though the non-canonical Ninth Doctor will be joining the extensive cast list for the sixth season of HBO’s mega-hit drama, currently filming for transmission in 2016.

Having appeared in several formats of Doctor Who (The Curse of Fatal Death and Scream of the Shalka as different versions of the Doctor, and more recently as Doctor Walter Simeon and subsequently the Great Intelligence in the series proper) Grant is soon to be seen on screen in the interesting-looking new genre show Jekyll and Hyde on ITV this autumn.

Grant is by no means the first actor to have made the journey from the world of Doctor Who to Westeros; Harry Lloyd, Mark Gatiss and Iain Glen are just some of those to have worn this particular path before. And Doctor Who viewers will soon be able to see Maisie Williams and Paul Kaye, both Game of Thrones veterans, when Series 9 starts later this month.

Game of Thrones (always a show that likes to give viewers plenty of notice) returns on April 3 2016.


Jonathan has followed the Doctor's adventures since the late Pertwee era, and he isn't about to stop now. A charity worker from Hull, he enjoys following Hull City's fortunes, listening to Bruce Springsteen and collecting all manner of Doctor Who ephemera. He blogs about Doctor Who merchandise at

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