The Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison is to star in the upcoming third series of Grantchester, ITV’s hit murder mystery drama starring James Norton and Robson Green.
Having been confirmed in April that a third series would be produced, Grantchester is to start filming imminently, for six new episodes and its first ever Christmas episode, a 90-minute special. Peter Davison will appear as Geoff Towler, “the village solicitor, captain of the cricket team, and a man who rules his family with a rod of iron” – and while the rod of iron might be a departure from his typical roles, his fondness for cricket will certainly remind Doctor Who fans of his era in the TARDIS… and in particular, Black Orchid.
The official synopsis for Grantchester‘s upcoming run reads:
In the third series of Grantchester new Archdeacon Gabriel Atubo reminds Sidney that as clergyman he must put duty above his own needs and lead by example. Given the strength of his feelings for Amanda, is this something that Sidney can do?
On the face of it, Geordie is still happily married to Cathy. But there continues to be an undeniable spark between himself and feisty police secretary Margaret (Seline Hizli).
Leonard was left heartbroken after Daniel (Oliver Dimsdale) left him for another man, but in this series he appears to put this behind him and find romantic happiness with someone else. But will those around him allow him this happiness?
Mrs Maguire’s friendship with dashing Jack (Nick Brimble) develops, but can anyone ever replace her late husband Ronnie?
Norton, who plays the lead character, Sidney Chambers, is a big name anyway, but he has been in Doctor Who too: he was heartlessly murdered by Skaldak in Cold War (2013)! Meanwhile, further familiar faces include Only Fools and Horses‘ Tessa Peake-Jones (The Time of the Doctor) and The A Word‘s Morven Christie (Under the Lake/ Before the Flood).
ITV’s Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea says:
“Viewers have really taken Grantchester to their hearts. We’re really excited to commission not only a third series, but also a Christmas special. The village of Grantchester is always beautiful, but to add a festive touch will be absolutely wonderful!”
It’ll be great to see Davison on our screens again; it’s expected to screen in early 2017.