Actors Nick Frost, Michael Troughton and Nathan McMullen were revealed to be taking part earlier today via the official Twitter accounts for both BBC One and Doctor Who:
#DoctorWho Christmas Special guest stars #HoHoHo pic.twitter.com/kCM8wOayF9
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) September 19, 2014
Nick Frost is best known for his work in Channel 4's Spaced alongside Simon Pegg with the pair later going on to feature in director Edgar Wright's 'Cornetto' film trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End).
Frost said of his casting:
“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!"Doctor Who's lead writer and executive producer, 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.”Michael Troughton's casting in Doctor Who, meanwhile, means he follows not only in the footsteps of his brother David Troughton (Midnight, The Curse of Peladon), but also of course their late father, Second Doctor Patrick Troughton. Michael Troughton has also previously lent his vocal talents to the Big Finish Second Doctor audio story Lords of the Red Planet.
The pair will be joined by fellow guest stars Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street), Faye Marsay (The White Queen, Fresh Meat) and Nathan McMullen (Misfits, Casualty).
This year's Christmas special, which will be Peter Capaldi's first full-length one as the Twelfth Doctor, began filming earlier this month. It is penned by Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Kill The Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express) and is most likely to air on 25th December as in previous years.
Series 8 of Doctor Who, meanwhile, continues tomorrow with Time Heist at 7:30pm on BBC One.