On September 20 Variety reported that actor Nick Frost will guest star in the upcoming “Doctor Who” Christmas Special which is scheduled to air on Christmas Day and has already begun production. The actor has been a fan of the series for many years but the role he will play in the episode has not been revealed. Frost is one of many guest stars that will appear in the episode, including Faye Marsay, Nathan McMullen, Natalie Gumede, and Michael Troughton.
Frost said that he was “so thrilled” to be asked to join the show, since he’s been a fan of the series for many years. The actor revealed that he has already participated in a read through and wanted to keep “stuffing my fingers in my ears” to avoid spoilers for the episode. Steven Moffat, who is currently in charge of “Doctor Who” revealed the news by saying “Frost at Christmas, it just makes sense!” Moffat and Frost both worked together on “The Adventures of Tintin,” a film that was released in 2011 which has Frost as a quirky character and Moffat as a writer. The pair have been trying to work together again ever since.
Frost is well known for playing the lazy character Ed in the 2004 zombie film “Shaun of the Dead,” which was the first film in the Cornetto trilogy directed by Edgar Wright. Frost also starred as Danny Butterman in 2007’s “Hot Fuzz” and Andy Knightley in 2013’s “The World’s End.” He recently appeared in the dance comedy “Cuban Fury” and Clive Gollings in alien adventure “Paul,” which also stars his frequent collaborator Simon Pegg. Frost currently airs in the British television comedy “Mr. Sloane” as the title character Jeremy Sloane.
The eighth season of the popular British science fiction series stars Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, and the new series is currently four episodes in. He is accompanied by Clara Oswald (played by Jenna Coleman) who has appeared on the series since the beginning of season seven, when Matt Smith was the Eleventh Doctor. Coleman is rumored to be leaving the show during the Christmas Special, which will be the thirteenth episode of the season and set up the story for season nine.
According to Entertainment Weekly on September 19, the twelve episode season will come to an end during the first week of November. The Christmas Special will air on December 25, and the ninth season of the show will begin production in early 2015. The next season is expected to begin airing in the summer of 2015, and Capaldi will return to play The Doctor.