The BBC have revealed on their Doctor Who blog that comedian Frank Skinner will appear in series 8 of the show, which is to be aired in the Autumn. Frank Skinner is best known for hosting Room 101 on BBC One and for his comedy partnership with David Baddiel (who himself worked on the yet to be released Romeo and Brittney with DW alumnus, Karen Gillan). Skinner is added to a long line of guest appearances for series 8, including fellow comedian Ben Miller and Lost in Austen's Tom Riley. Last week it was also announced that the show would be filming in Lanzarote with The Crimson Field's Hermione Norris (Doctor Who meets family package holiday? Yes please).
Skinner, a noted Who fan made his excitement known:
“I love this show. I subscribe to Doctor 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.”
Showrunner Steven Moffat also noted Skinner's sometimes extreme enthusiasm for Who:
“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. 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.”
Hopefully he will, Moffat. Hopefully he will...
What can Skinner's inclusion mean for series 8? Will the Doctor be condemned to Room 101? But who would have sent him there? Roll on the Autumn when all will be revealed. Until then... SPECULATE! SPECULATE! And maybe engage in a bit of premature World Cup excitement with this gem.