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Doctor Who Christmas Special role for Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

Alexander Armstrong in the Lancaster cockpit. He'll be playing an RAF pilot called Reg in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (C) BBC - Photographer: Stephan Pehrsson

Alexander Armstrong in the Lancaster cockpit. He'll be playing an RAF pilot called Reg in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (C) BBC - Photographer: Stephan Pehrsson

AN East Kirkby visitor attraction is set to be immortalised on one of the world’s most-loved TV shows when it features in next month’s Doctor Who Christmas special.

Cast and crew from this year’s festive special descended on the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre last month for a day’s filming in and around the site - including on board the museum’s Lancaster bomber ‘Just Jane’.

This year’s Doctor Who special, entitled ‘The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe’, is understood to be set during World War Two.

And the show’s guest-star Alexander Armstrong is believed to be playing an RAF pilot.

Promotional shots teasing him sitting inside a cockpit have already been released by the BBC.

And, now that the cat is out of the bag, staff at the aviation centre can finally lift the veil of secrecy surrounding their involvement in what promises to be one of the year’s most watched TV shows.

Delighted general manager Andrew Panton said: “It is a thrill to think we’ll be on TV on Christmas day and be part of everyone’s Christmas.

“There was a lot of secrecy surrounding their visit.

“All we knew was that the BBC would be doing some filming at the centre, but we didn’t know what.

“They were quite reluctant to tell us in advance because if the public knew that Doctor Who was filing here there’d be a huge influx of people coming onto the site.”

He added: “Being part of the show will be extremely good coverage for us. For the staff at Doctor Who to find out about us is a big feather in our cap and so it is extrtemely good news that we will be appearing in it - it will be a welcome bit of publicity for us.”

But any fans hoping to get some inside gossip in advance of the show airing will be disappointed. The centre is sworn to secrecy until after the special hits the screen.

They also have plenty of photos marking their brush with the TV spotlight, but again these are being kept tightly under wraps until after the big day,

Andrew added: “There’s no plans to do anything special off the back of the filming at the moment - it depends how much publicity it gives us and how the public reacts to knowing it is us appearing in it.

“Hopefully it’ll lead to a lot more TV filming here in the future.”

This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special is expected to air on Christmas Day.

The trailer for the episode was offically released during the recent Children in Need telethon. As well as its World War Two setting, it is thought that CS Lewis’s classic tale ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ also provides some of the inspiration behind the story.

 

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