Actress Claire Skinner is best known for her role as a put-upon mum in the family comedy Outnumbered, and appears on TV this Christmas twice, both in that show and in the Doctor Who special, The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe.
Along with fellow guest star Alexander Armstrong she has recently spoken about her experiences recording the episode (she loves Bill Bailey and thinks Matt Smith is lovely) and it turns out that she has an interesting connection to Doctor Who already, which is one of the reasons why she has been looking forward to a part in the show!
“Several reasons actually. My son watches it, my husband has directed it before and my father in-law was in an episode. It’s a nice connection to have.”
It turns out that Skinner is married to Charles Palmer who some of you may recall directed some of the best episodes of the series in the Russell T Davies era, namely The Shakespeare Code and Human Nature/The Family of Blood (and, um, Smith and Jones) back in 2007.
And of course Palmer’s father is the legendary Geoffrey Palmer who has been in the show not once, but twice. Geoffrey featured as a government minister in The Silurians back in 1970, inadvertently spreading a virus through London, before returning – in 2007 – as the captain of “Titanic” in Voyage of the Damned!
“I was very excited to be in it, both because it’s Doctor Who and also a great script. When I got the call I was like “Yay, at last I’m going to be in Doctor Who.”
It makes perfect sense!