Well, things are starting to get pretty interesting for the second half of Doctor Who's seventh series. Not that they weren't already, of course -- I'm quite interested to find out what exactly is going on with the multiple incarnations of Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman). But the official BBC cast list for the midseries premiere episode, "The Bells of Saint John," have revealed something quite interesting indeed. Take a look:
- The Doctor – Matt Smith
- Clara – Jenna-Louise Coleman
- Miss Kizlet – Celia Imrie
- Mahler – Robert Whitlock
- Alexei- Dan Li
- Nabile – Manpreet Bachu
- Paul – Sean Knopp
- The Abbott – James Greene
- George – Geff Francis
- Angie – Eve de Leon Allen
- Artie Kassius – Carey Johnson
- Little Girl – Danielle Eames
- Barista – Fred Pearson
- Waitress – Jade Anouka
- Newsreader – Olivia Hill
- Child Reading with Comic – Isabella Blake-Thomas
- Man with Chips – Matthew Earley
- Pilot – Antony Edridge
- The Great Intelligence – Richard E Grant
No, I'm not talking about the Man with Chips. No, not the Waitress either. I'm talking about that last entry on the list, which has Richard E. Grant playing The Great Intelligence -- the villain we saw recently in this year's Christmas special, "The Snowmen." Though the Great Intelligence was voiced by Sir Ian McKellen then (Grant just played its puppet, Simeon), it looks like Simeon is taking over the role.
But how does this link in to what we already know about the series? It might be possible that the Great Intelligence is the true entity behind all of the mythology we've seen over the past three years -- he could be the one plotting the Doctor's death.
In any case, it's nice to have a formidable villain become a (potentially) recurring one. The Great Intelligence will certainly do until the Master returns.
Doctor Who will air "The Bells of Saint John" Saturday, March 30 on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.