Clark Collis
September 21, 2011 AT 04:14 PM EDT

British stars Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir, and Alexander Armstrong will appear in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special. The holiday episode of the time travel show is set during World War II and, according to the BBC, will find Skinner’s character and her two children evacuated to “a draughty old house, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree.”

Skinner’s film credits include Mike Leigh’s 1991 Life Is Sweet while Weir made her mark in the U.K. with her appearances on the sketch series The Fast Show. Armstrong and Bailey are both veterans of the British comedy scene, and the latter recently completed a run of shows in New York.

“The Doctor at Christmas — nothing is more fun to write,” Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said in a statement. “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.”

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