Comedian and TV presenter Frank Skinner is the latest name to be added to the new series of Doctor Who.
The Room 101 host joins Keeley Hawes, Tom Riley, Rory Kinnear and Hermione Norris who have all filmed roles for the forthcoming eighth series, scheduled to air on BBC1 this autumn.
“I love this show,” said Skinner in a statement. “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.”
“It’s no secret that Frank’s been pitching vigorously to get into Doctor Who for a while,” added showrunner 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.”
Skinner’s episode will be penned by Being Human writer Jamie Mathieson and directed by Paul Wilmhurst (Strike Back). It will also feature new Doctor Peter Capaldi and his companion Jenna Coleman along with David Bamber, Daisy Beaumont, Janet Henfrey and Christopher Villiers.