We might be nearly halfway through the eighth series of Doctor Who but casting for the Christmas special has finally been announced. Details on the actual episode, not so much though.
Nick Frost, best known for his roles in Spaced, Hyperdrive, Mr Sloane and a lot of things with Simon Pegg will be appearing in the special and joining him are both Nathan McMullen (Misfits) and Michael Troughton (The New Statesman). Of course, they're not the only ones joining both Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman for the latest festive edition of the series.
Also joining frost and company will be former Coronation Street/Strictly Come Dancing star Natalie Gumede as well as Faye Marsay (Fresh Meat, Glue), also in roles that have not yet been revealed. executive producer Steven Moffat however has 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.”
Meanwhile rumours seem to be rife that Jenna Coleman might be making her last appearance in the Christmas. Originally this was just speculated online, then the rumour started appearing in some tabloids and even a few weeks ago, it was even speculated on BBC3 news. Could this year's Christmas special see the exit of Clara Oswald? Even Coleman herself has been somewhat cryptic when quizzed about it but given that spoilers for some of the later episodes of Series 8 (in particular Kill The Moon) have thrown some hints, I think it's quite possible that Clara may be leaving but until an actual source properly confirms or denies Jenna's involvement in the ninth series, we won't know for certain. If she is leaving though, then she will have left a great impression in the two series and 25 episodes (and various splinters/echoes) she's appeared in.
Press Release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/articles/Nick-Frost-to-guest-star-in-Doctor-Who-Christmas-Special
Doctor Who's eighth series continues to air on BBC1 Saturdays at 8.30pm (next week onwards) and will be released on DVD from November 17th. The Christmas special continues to film and will air on Christmas Day.