Bill Bailey to star in Dr Who Christmas Special
Published 22/09/2011 | 08:46
Billy Bailey and fellow comedians join Doctor Who Matt Smith for a special World War Two Christmas special.
Comedian Bill Bailey is one of the special guests on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special.
The straggly-haired bearded comedian, who often jokes that he looks like an alien, may save the BBC some money on special effects make-up when he stars in a special one hour World War Two themed season special of Doctor Who.
Other special guests joining Doctor Who Matt Smith for the show include Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller),
Bailey is a genuine Doctor Who fan and in concerts in recent years has performed a witty interpretation of the Doctor Who theme tune reinterpreted as a Jacques Brel-style Belgian jazz ballad, and renamed Dr Qui. You can see a clip on Youtube.
In a recent interview in America Bailey joked: "There was a petition to get me on to Doctor Who. I kind of think the director is sitting there and then this big petition comes in and the director's going "Oh, not the petition guy again! Why doesn't he go through the proper channels? Why doesn't get his agent to call me? Not the f------petition again!"
Petition or not, Bailey will be in the show and production has already started and will go on until mid-October. Bailey will film his scenes in Cardiff. The comedian tweeted today from America: "Tour done, wine is on,thanks to all who came along-back to Blighty to film Doctor Who Christmas Special..Onward!"
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, commented: "The Doctor at Christmas - nothing is more fun to write. Maybe because it's so his kind of day - everything's bright and shiny, everybody's having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat."
Skinner plays a widow with two children who is evacuated to a house in Dorset during the Second World War, where The Doctor (Matt Smith) is caretaker. The star of Outnumbered said: “I am thrilled to be in Doctor Who playing Madge Arwell who is a bit of super-mum. It’s a magical part.”