Richard E Grant to give Doctor Who best of British baddie for Christmas

Withnail and I star, Richard E Grant will play a fiendishly festive baddie in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.

The actor, who played the timelord in a special animated version of the show, will be joined by Silent Witness star Tom Ward in the Christmas show.

Richard E Grant to play festive baddie in Doctor Who Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

He said: "I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream of the Shalka and I'm honoured to be in the Christmas special."

The new series returns later this year followed by the Christmas special and another eight episodes next year.