Alexander Armstrong is, of course, already part of the Whoniverse, as the voice of The Sarah Jane Adventures’ Mr. Smith. But he’ll be returning as Reg Arwell, the husband of Claire Skinner’s Madge, in this Christmas’ The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.
Though he has played a World War Two pilot before in the hugely-popular (and rightly so) Armstrong and Miller Show, his role will be very different this time (and this quote comes with a small spoiler warning):
“We witness him flying over the channel and all the navigation equipment completely stops working. It doesn’t look good for him! His wife Madge then receives a slip of paper saying that a ‘Reg’ is missing and presumed dead. Their two children hope that their Daddy is going to be back for Christmas and that’s when the Doctor gets involved to return a favour to Madge as she helps him out at the very beginning of the episode.”
Hmmm… Sounds like all is not how it seems!
He also echoes the sentiments of many by stating that
“…the real treat was working with Matt, who’s just a tremendously fine fellow and an excellent person to hang out on set with. As you can imagine, there’s an awful lot of time between takes and I can think of few nicer people to spend time with than Matt.”
Armstrong will be paired with his comedy partner, Ben Miller, once more this Christmas with the pilot episode of Felix and Murdo for Channel 4. The sitcom is set in 1908, the year that London first hosted the Olympic Games, and also stars Not Going Out and Torchwood: Children of Earth actress, Katy Wix.
Felix and Murdo is written by Amy’s Choice scribe, Simon Nye, and is due for broadcast on Thursday 29th December.