Claire Skinner as Madge Arwell in Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe

Doctor Who At Last!

Claire Skinner as Madge Arwell in Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The WardrobeActress 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!

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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