Doctor Who Series 8 casts Frank Skinner

Doctor Who fan and comedian Frank Skinner joins Peter Capaldi in Series 8

Comedian Frank Skinner, doing some shouting
Comedian Frank Skinner, doing some shouting

Comedian and long-term Doctor Who fan Frank Skinner has been cast in the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8, alongside new 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi.

Weirdly enough, I walked past Frank Skinner in the street a couple of weeks ago – he was performing in Bournemouth, and had popped into Boscombe to have his photo taken with the new TARDIS.

“I love this show, confirmed Skinner, who appeared in the 50th Anniversary spoof The Fiveish Doctors and Big Finish audio The Eyes Of The Master.

“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.”

“It’s no secret that Frank’s been pitching vigorously to get into Doctor Who for a while,” said showrunner Steven Moffat. “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.”