Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong will guest star in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, the BBC announced today.
The four will appear opposite Matt Smith in an episode in which the Doctor finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, commented: “The Doctor at Christmas – nothing is more fun to write. Maybe because it’s so his kind of day – everything’s bright and shiny, everybody’s having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat.
“Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith’s is the one that was born for this time of year – so it’s the best news possible that he’s heading back down the chimney.”
Last year’s special drew on A Christmas Carol for inspiration and starred Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon.
This year’s special, set during the Second World War, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree.
They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts.
Claire Skinner said: “I am thrilled to be in Doctor Who playing Madge who is a bit of super-mum. It’s a magical part.”