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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Adds Guest Star Nick Frost

Nick Frost
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Whovians just got an early Christmas present from the BBC.

Nick Frost, best known for his roles in “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End,” will guest star in this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special.

“I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show,” Frost said in a statement. “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!”

Production has already begun on the episode, which also guest stars Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay, Nathan McMullen and Michael Troughton. Michael Troughton’s father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.

Meanwhile, “Doctor Who” exec producer Steven Moffat said the casting choice simply “made sense.”

“Frost at Christmas — it just makes sense!” he said in a statement. “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.”

The episode will air Christmas day on BBC One.