The actor does, however, already have affiliations with Doctor Who. Grant previously starred in online webcast animation ‘Scream of the Shalka’, in which he voiced the alternate Ninth Doctor (it was made and released before 2005+ Who). His Doctor was recognisably dark, with a distinctly vampire look. In the 2003 online webcast, this alternate Ninth Doctor also picked up a plucky new companion in the form of a London girl named Alison (played by Sophie Okonado – who later became Liz 10 in Series 5’s 2010 episode ‘The Beast Below’.
Richard E. Grant also appeared as a version of the Tenth Doctor (see above) in the Steven Moffat-written comedy-gold episode made for Comic Relief in 1996. His predecessor was Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn! …and other more reputable things), and successor was Joanna “Patsy Stone” Lumley.
However, he may well be better known to the general public for his work in television shows Absolutely Fabulous as Eddy’s “dream Justin”, The Hound of the Baskervilles as “Jack Stapleton, US comedy Frasier (‘Goodnight, Seattle’) as “Stephen Moon”. Meanwhile, he has starred in films such as Bram Stoker's Dracula as “Jack Seward”, Gosford Park as “George”, The Iron Lady with his portrayal as Michael Heseltine, and most notably in Withnail and I (as "Withnail") alongside the Eighth Doctor Paul McGann.