Comedian Frank Skinner begs for Doctor Who role

Comedian Frank Skinner Cast In Doctor Who Series 8!

Earlier this year, comedian and celebrity Doctor Who fan Frank Skinner begged for a role in the show. Today, the BBC announced that he’d been cast…

The Room 101 host says:

I love this show. I subscribe to Doctor Who magazine, I’ve got a TARDIS ringtone, a five-foot cardboard Dalek in my bedroom and when I got the call saying they wanted me to read for the part, I was in the back of my tour bus watching episode three of The Sensorites. I am beyond excited.

Currently touring the UK, Skinner’s current stand-up show Frank Skinner: Man In a Suit takes place alongside presenting the Saturday Morning Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio (interestingly he recently skipped an episode at the last minute…) Frank also appeared in the one-off Doctor Who 50th anniversary comedy The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

Says Steven Moffat:

It’s no secret that Frank’s been pitching vigorously to get into Doctor Who for a while. He’s been volunteering to be “third monster on the left” as long as I’ve been in this job. But now, in Jamie Mathieson’s sparkling script, we finally have a part that can showcase all of Frank’s famous wit and charm. Hopefully he’ll get out of my garden now.

Written by Jamie Mathieson (Being Human, Dirk Gently) and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Strike Back, Combat Kids) Skinner’s fellow actors in the episode include David Bamber (Steven Moffat’s Chalk), Daisy Beaumont (Star Stories), Janet Henfrey (As Time Goes By) and Christopher Villiers (Top Secret, and another Emmerdale connection to add to Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson!)

The strong casting continues!



Christian Cawley

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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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