‘Gavin and Stacey’ Star Joanna Page Joins ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special

The web is still experiencing aftershocks from this weekend’s announcement that David Tennant and Billie Piper would be returning to Doctor Who for the series’ highly anticipated 50th anniversary special, joining current TARDIS inhabitants Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman. The addition of veteran actor John Hurt only added to the seismic event.

But British telly fans will spot another familiar face in the already all-star cast: Joanna Page, Stacey of the modern classic BBC AMERICA sitcom Gavin and Stacey, will appear in the episode in an as-yet-unspecified role. The Welsh actress is back to work after giving birth to her first daughter, Eva, with her soap star husband James Thornton back in February.

A photo was taken at today’s read-through for the 50th anniversary special, featuring Page alongside Tennant, Coleman, and Smith at Cardiff’s Roath Lock Studios:

Joanna Page, David Tennant, Jenna-Louise Coleman, and Matt Smith at the read-through for the 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary special. (Photo: BBC)

Joanna Page, David Tennant, Jenna-Louise Coleman, and Matt Smith at the read-through for the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary special. (Photo: BBC)

Of course, another photo from the read-through has been making the rounds today, and it is quite simply epic:

David Tennant and Matt Smith.

David Tennant and Matt Smith.

Surely, we’re not worthy.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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