The guest cast for the 2014 Christmas special of Doctor Who, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst, has been announced by the BBC.
Nick Frost (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) will be playing an unknown role, although it is rumored he could be playing Santa Claus. His frequent collaborator Simon Pegg previously appeared alongside the Ninth Doctor in The Long Game.
Frost commented: “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!”
Steven Moffat said: “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.”
Joining Frost is Michael Troughton, son of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton. His older brother, David Troughton, appeared in Midnight alongside the Tenth Doctor.
Other guest stars include Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Ideal, Strictly Come Dancing), Faye Marsay (Pride, The White Queen, Fresh Meat) and Nathan McMullen (Misfits, Casualty).
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“Listen. This is just a dream. But very clever people can hear dreams. So, please, just listen. I know you’re afraid, but being afraid is alright. Because didn’t anyone ever tell you, fear is a superpower? Fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger. And one day, you’re going to come back to this barn. And on that day, you are going to be very afraid indeed. But that’s okay. Because if you’re very wise and very strong, fear doesn’t have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind. It doesn’t matter if there’s nothing under the bed or in the dark, so long as you know it’s okay to be afraid of it. So, listen. If you listen to nothing else, listen to this. You’re always going to be afraid, even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion. A constant companion, always there. But that’s okay. Because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. I’m going to leave you something, just so you always remember. Fear makes companions of us all.”
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