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Mark Gatiss to appear in Doctor Who Christmas special

Writer and actor Mark Gatiss has revealed that he will be making an appearance in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.

The news was announced as part of a Facebook Live interview with Empire Magazine during this week’s San Diego Comic-Con (around 11:30 in the video below):

Although vague on the details of his role, Gatiss described it as a ‘privilege, an honour and a thrill’, with Peter Capaldi adding that Gatiss’ character had ‘a resonant echo in the whole Doctor Who story’.

Gatiss’ latest role marks his fourth appearance in Doctor Who, having already played Professor Richard Lazarus in 2007’s The Lazarus Experiment, a WWII pilot with the call sign ‘Danny Boy’ in 2010/2011 episodes Victory of the Daleks and A Good Man Goes To War, and Gantok in 2011’s The Wedding of River Song.

In addition to his acting roles, Gatiss has written nine episodes for the show since its revival in 2005, with his most recent contribution being Series 10’s The Empress of Mars. Gatiss also wrote the 2013 50th anniversary docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, which saw David Bradley star as the First Doctor’s original portrayer, William Hartnell, prior to his new role in this year’s Christmas special as the First Doctor himself.

Later today, BBC America’s Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic-Con will see Gatiss appear alongside Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Michelle Gomez and showrunner Steven Moffat. The stars and writers of the show will reflect on the most recent series as well as offer an exclusive preview of this year’s Christmas special.

[Source: Blogtor Who]