Doctor Who fans will already be familiar with the face of Reece Shearsmith, as he played Second Doctor Patrick Troughton in An Adventure in Space and Time, the backstage biopic written by his old League of Gentlemen colleague Mark Gatiss.
But until now he’s never made an appearance in the show proper, an omission that has been rectified for a special episode in Season 9, a stand-alone story written once again by Mark, whose last screen credit was for Season 8’s swashbuckling “Robot of Sherwood.”
Reece told the BBC that it’s a particular treat to be considered for a part: “I am absolutely thrilled to be filming Doctor Who as Mark Gatiss has written a fantastic role for me in a very scary episode. It has been so exciting to be part of a very singular episode – which, I can say with authority will be unlike any previous episode of Doctor Who. It’s a joy to play a part in the show – certainly a badge of honor.”
And Mark had this to add: “I’m delighted to be writing again for Peter and Jenna’s brilliant TARDIS team and very excited about this particular story. It’s been brewing in the dark recesses of my mind for a while now!
“I’m also chuffed to bits to finally welcome my old friend Reece Shearsmith onto the show. He’s been badgering me for ten years!”
And this does at least bring the tally of the performing members of the dark comedy team from The League of Gentlemen up to the full three. Steve Pemberton was Strackman Lux, one of River Song’s landing party in “Silence in the Library,” back in 2008. Reece also stars alongside Alex Kingston and Noel Clarke in the detective drama Chasing Shadows, so he’s basically Whovian family already.
Here he is at BBC Wales’s Roath Lock studios, getting ready to suit up:
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