Producer Phil Collinson was tight-lipped about who he would play — but revealed getting the 78-year-old on board was “the icing on the cake”.
“He’s a wonderful addition to a phenomenal cast,” said Phil. “It’s a wonderful cameo which kept the entire cast and crew entertained.”
Bernard — narrator of The Wombles in the 1970s — starred in 1966 movie Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD, which featured Peter Cushing as Dr Who.
He joins a slew of ageing British stars in the Xmas episode, The Voyage Of the Damned.
These include Clive Swift, 71 (long-suffering Richard Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances) and Geoffrey Palmer, 80 — best known as grumpy Lionel in the Beeb’s As Time Goes By.