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…
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!