Frank Skinner to appear in 'Doctor Who'

Comedian says he is "beyond excited" to appear in sci-fi series

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Comedian Frank Skinner has been cast in the new series of Doctor Who.

The news of the casting is reported on BBC News with Skinner saying that he is "beyond excited" to star in the long-running series, which he is a huge fan of.

Details of Skinner's character have yet to be revealed but he will appear alongside Peter Capaldi in an episode being written by Jamie Mathieson.

Speaking about his casting, Skinner says: 'I love this show. I subscribe to Doctor Who magazine, I've got a Tardis ringtone, a 5ft 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.'

Show runner Steven Moffat adds: '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.'

Meanwhile, director Ben Wheatley recently claimed that the new run of Doctor Who episodes will feel more like the "classic" series.

Wheatley, who is known for working on films such as A Field In England and Kill List, will direct the first two episodes of the next series of the show. "To have a unity that runs eight years... it's pretty crazy," he said. "It seems to me the episodes that we're doing now seem more like classic Who."

Capaldi, who is best-known for playing the ferocious and foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in political comedy The Thick Of It, is set to star in his first series of Doctor Who this year (2014).

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