The BBC has finally confirmed the list of guest stars for this year’s upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special; let's just say things are about to get FROSTY.
As we reported on Monday (it was still a rumor back then), Shaun of the Dead’s Nick Frost (The Cornetto Trilogy) will indeed drop in on Doctor Who for a guest-starring stint in what may be the coolest piece of Who casting news we’ve heard in a while.
Frost will be joined by Nathan McMullen (Misfits) and Michael Troughton (Breathless) -- who happens to be the son of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton. Michael's brother David also guest-starred on Doctor Who a few years back, more specifically in the magnificent Russell T Davies-penned episode "Midnight."
Below is the BBC’s official press release :
Production on 2014's Doctor Who Christmas episode has begun, with a host of British acting talent set to appear. The Christmas special, a cracker of a highlight in the festive season’s schedule, will air this Christmas on BBC One and promises to be an action-packed, unmissable adventure.
Nick Frost, actor and screenwriter, has starred in numerous hit film and television roles, including Spaced, The World’s End, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Cuban Fury and Paul, which he also wrote.
Nick comments: “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!"
Michael Troughton (Breathless, The New Statesman), who has recently returned to acting, will follow in his father’s footsteps by appearing in Doctor Who. His father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.
They will be joined by Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Ideal, Strictly Come Dancing), Faye Marsay (Pride, The White Queen, Fresh Meat) and Nathan McMullen (Misfits, Casualty).
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: “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.”
The Doctor Who Christmas Special will air on BBC One. Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Strike Back, Combat Kids), it will be shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios.
Are you guys excited to see that Nick Frost will star in Doctor Who’s Xmas special, and that Michael Troughton will be carrying on a family tradition?