'Doctor Who': British foursome announced for merry Christmas special

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British stars Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir, and Alexander Armstrong will appear in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special. The holiday episode of the time travel show is set during World War II and, according to the BBC, will find Skinner’s character and her two children evacuated to “a draughty old house, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree.”

Skinner’s film credits include Mike Leigh’s 1991 Life Is Sweet while Weir made her mark in the U.K. with her appearances on the sketch series The Fast Show. Armstrong and Bailey are both veterans of the British comedy scene, and the latter recently completed a run of shows in New York.

“The Doctor at Christmas — nothing is more fun to write,” Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said in a statement. “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.”

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  • Kristina

    Now I’ve got another reason to count down to Christmas!

    • SNIKT!

      It couldn’t possibly be worse than last year’s sharks in the sky christmas carol, now can it? Where are you RTD? Still setting the world on fire in Torchwood?

  • Panic Moon

    The Moff must be a WWII buff like me – this will be the 5th episode set in the WWII era since the reboot in ’06, all of them written and/or produced by Moff. I don’t mind, but for everyone who use to complain about RTD’s penchant for the Earth locale, they’re strangely silent when it comes to Moff’s penchant for this era.

    • Alice

      Well my comment was going to be “Seriously! Another WWII episode?” The Doctor’s visited so many times he must pick the hours very well so he doesn’t cross paths with himself!

      • Dolly

        I don’t disagree with anihytng you’ve said (except for reading any deeper meaning into Cold Blood, which was rubbish, natch). You misunderstand my conclusions, which is quite possibly my own fault.Just because Moffat is writing for children that doesn’t mean he’s dealing with mature themes. Some children’s books deal with very mature themes, while some books aimed at adults are as puerile as anihytng.I’m not talking about the show’s maturity, I’m talking about its perspective.

    • Simon Jester

      @Panic Moon – Because RTD set an ENTIRE 13-EPISODE SERIES on Earth. Moffat hasn’t done that.

      • Panic Moon

        All through Season 1, whether it took place on Earth or on an orbiting space station, jumped back and forth thousands of years and in some cases millions of years and still managed to encounter aliens. I thought it was a great re-introduction to the series. It wasn’t the ‘Lost in Space” new- planet-of- the- week- insert- misunderstood- alien -here 27-year-old plot device that killed the show. The new planet WAS Earth. That’s hardly a lack of originality.

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  • Dinosaur1972

    if it is the Bill Bailey that recorded the Belgian Jazz hit “Dr. Qui”, then this casting makes a lot of sense.

  • Clarke

    Why do they talk about Claire Skinner like she is not starring in one of the best shows on TV, Outnumbered?!

  • TB

    I hope it is better than last year’s Christmas special, which was ATROCIOUS and made RTD’s specials look restrained. It made me seriously wonder how bad this season would be, which thankfully, didnt’ happen. This season is finally back to the caliber of the RTD era.

  • Gina Vera

    Is this really considered “Fall TV”. The only bad thing about this show is that is only 13 episodes per year. I hope is not boring to have another episode in WII. After this Moffat needs to get creative.

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