Comedian Frank Skinner is to take a guest star role in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who.
Skinner will appear in one episode of series eight – the first with Peter Capaldi playing the Doctor.
The Room 101 presenter, a longtime fan of the show, said he was “beyond excited” at being given the role.
“It’s no secret that Frank’s been pitching vigorously to get into Doctor Who for a while,” said the show’s executive producer, Steven Moffat.
“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.”
Mathieson, a writer on Being Human, said that writing for Skinner was “very cool” – as the comedian had inspired his own career.
“I was a stand-up for a living for quite a few years,” Mathieson wrote on his blog.
“When I was trying to figure out how to do it in 1996, his first two stand up videos were part of my boot camp, so there is a nice synchronicity for me to be writing lines for him to deliver nearly twenty years later.”
The episode is written by Jamie Mathieson (Being Human, Dirk Gently), directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Strike Back, Combat Kids), and also stars David Bamber, Daisy Beaumont, Janet Henfrey and Christopher Villiers.
Other guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series, which will air on BBC One this Autumn, include Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.
via BBC News