Frank Skinner has landed a guest starring role on the upcoming eighth season of Doctor Who, the BBC announced today.
Details of the character that Skinner will play are being kept firmly under wraps, but the episode in which he will appear is being written by Being Human scribe Jamie Mathieson and directed by Paul Wilmhurst (Strike Back). Other guest stars lined up for the episode in question include David Bamber, Daisy Beaumont, Janet Henfrey and Christopher Villiers.
“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”, said Executive Producer Steven Moffat. “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.”
While Frank Skinner added: “I love this show. I subscribe to Dr 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.”
Frank Skinner is the latest actor who has been confirmed for a guest role on the new season of Doctor Who, which will be the first to feature Peter Capaldi in the lead role. Other stars to have signed up for guest roles in season eight include Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.