Will Merrick - best known for playing Alo Creevey in the fifth and sixth series of E4 teenage drama Skins - is to appear in a 2013 episode of Doctor Who. The actor will play a character named Brains in an episode of the popular sci-fi show's forthcoming seventh series, according to his United Agents profile.
The episode in question has been written by Neil Gaiman and will see the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his latest companion (Jenna-Louise Coleman) come face-to-face with old foes the Cybermen as well as a band of misfits - played by Warwick Davis, Jason Watkins and Tamzin Outhwaite.
Doctor Who's executive producer Steven Moffat has previously stated, "With one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it's no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason and Warwick."
In addition to his work on Skins, Merrick has also appeared in BBC1's sitcom In with the Flynns and has filmed a role in Richard Curtis's 2013 romcom About Time, starring Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.
Doctor Who returns for a Christmas Day special at 5:15pm on BBC1 - in which Coleman will make her debut as the Doctor's new travelling partner - and will be followed by eight new episodes in to air in 2013.