Nick Frost (Mr. Sloane, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, World’s End and Cuban Fury) and Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street) will star in this years Doctor Who Christmas Special it was announced by the BBC on Friday. Michael Troughton (Breathless, The New Statesman), who has recently returned to acting, will also appear in the special following in his father Patrick Troughton’s footsteps, who played the second incarnation of the Doctor.
Following the announcement that Frost would be joining the cast, the star of Mr. Sloane sounded a bit like a what I can only imagine the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, sounded when he learned of his new role as the Traveling Time Lord saying, “I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream ‘No spoilers!’. Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan-boy squeals!” Executive producer Steven Moffat added: “Frost at Christmas – it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it’s a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS.”
In true Doctor Who fashion, even though filming has begun in Cardiff, story and plot lines are under wraps on a level that rivals Downton Abbey and Sherlock filming. Depending on who you talk to or what you read, “departing” companion Jenna Coleman (Death Comes to Pemberley) also promises some big surprises this holiday season. “We do see Clara beginning to fall for Danny,” Coleman hints. “There’s a big surprise we’ve got coming. It’s much better that nobody knows which way it’s going to go, so that’s where we’re trying to keep it at the moment.”
I know you never really need a reason to look forward to Christmas, but this might be reason enough for those that want to put it off as long as possible…Look for the Doctor Who Christmas Special this 25 December.