Roundup: Suranne Jones Takes On ‘Doctor Who’

 Whovians are in for some serious drama next season! Suranne Jones, best known for playing Karen McDonald on the iconic soap opera Coronation Street from 2000 to 2004, will appear in an episode penned by award-winning writer Neil Gaiman. Filming is set to begin on Friday (Sept. 24)

What's On TV reports that Jones will play a woman named Idris in a story for 2011, but that's the only bit of gossip we're getting. Jones is thrilled to bits, though, adding that "it's hugely exciting to be cast in Doctor Who.

She says, "I'm a massive fan of the show and I was blown away when I read Neil's script and uncovered what's in store for my character. However, I'm sworn to secrecy so viewers will just have to wait until next year to find out any other juicy details!"

Gaiman praised Jones' performance, one that's surely something to sink your teeth into, so to speak. "Suranne is marvellous (sic)! It's the kind of role that people will remember forever, so we needed someone who was able to pull that off, and to keep up with Matt Smith. And bite him."

Here's a look at Jones' last stint on Coronation Street:

In other Doctor Who news, executive producer Steven Moffat says fans will receive a surprise Christmas gift come the series' return in December. YAY! I love prezzies!

"This episode is incredibly Christmassy," he explained to SFX. "That's true of the previous ones but I wanted to go for broke. It's easily the most Christmassy thing you'll ever see. It's a huge, sentimental, lovely, jeopardy-driven story…But that doesn't mean it's without scares, and that doesn't mean it's without heartbreak. It has genuine tragedy in it."

Michael Gambon, aka Albus Dumbledore in all of the Harry Potter films, and Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins are set to appear alongside Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in this festive episode. Thank you Santa, er Santa Moffat!

In other news: BBC Radio 1 personality Chris Moyles' brusque war of words for his superiors caught listeners by surprise on Wednesday (Sept. 22). According to The Daily Mail, the dude hasn't seen a paycheck since July and he channeled his frustrations live for 20 minutes. And Moyles says that's not his worst ever on-air blow up, either. "I'm very, very angry at being put into this position. I can't tell you how furious I am. I haven't been paid since the end of July and no one cares about it. No one's bothered." The cherubic Moyles later apologized for his antics, blaming his behavior on not being a "great morning person."

Is anyone in the blogosphere or Internetland following this TwitChange chatter? Has anyone bid on buying a celebrity to be their Twitter BFF? Launched Sept. 15, the TwitChange charity effort is bringing in celebs for auction in order to constructs homes for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Many of the oh-so-famous (Stephen Fry, Victoria Beckham, Gordon Ramsay) will be your best bud on Twitter if you let them. English actor, comedian, and producer Simon Pegg is thrilled to be involved, sharing via Twitter, "If you win win me in the @TwitChange auction and provide highest bid I will personally call you (collect)." You can call me anytime, Simon.

While her husband, David Beckham, prepares to take InTouch magazine to court over allegations that he had an extramarital affair with a prostitute, the always-lovely Victoria Beckham recently visited The View to chat about her fashion line and getting pedicures for her sweet bulldog, Coco. (ABC)

The Killers' Brandon Flowers hearts Jonathan Ross. Don't we all? (NME)

When James McAvoy brings Professor Charles Xavier to the big screen in next summer's X-Men: First Class, watch out! He's determined to "bury Patrick's performance." Sir Patrick Stewart previously portrayed Xavier in the first four X-Men films. Rawwwr! (MTV UK)

Vote for Bounty's Celeb Mum of the Year! C'mon, you know you want to! Posh made the ballot, so did Dannii Minogue, Charlotte Church, and Prime Minister David Cameron's wife, Samantha Cameron. You know times are tough when Kerry Katona made it and Katie Price didn't. Yeeaahh …riiiight.

In theater news, Newsies is Broadway-bound! Tony-Award winner Harvey Fierstein is currently writing a libretto for the stage, so dust off those tap shoes. Christian Bale starred as Jack Kelly in the Disney film version in 1992, which told the story of New York City paperboys in 1899. (Playbill)

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