12:00am PT by Philiana Ng
'Downton Abbey' Stars to Take Over Disney Channel Series
Downton Abbey is taking over Disney Channel. Well, Doc McStuffins, at least.
Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore), Matt Milne (Alfred Nugent), Nigel Harman (Mr. Green) and Robert Bathurst (Sir Anthony Strallan) are lending their voices to Disney Junior's animated series Doc McStuffins, the network announced Tuesday. Their episode, titled "Let the Nightingale Sing," will premiere Sunday, Nov. 2 at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel in the U.S. It will air in December in the U.K.
In the extended episode, Doc and the toys magically travel back to 19th-century England, where they meet a young Florence Nightingale (Froggatt) and help her realize her dream of becoming a nurse. Nicol will voice Pip, a small porcelain doll; Milne will be Bernard, a teddy bear; Harman is Doodle Doo, a tin rooster; and Bathurst is Admiral Fiddlesticks, a toy admiral.
An original song, "Love What You Do," will also premiere during the episode.
Doc McStuffins centers on a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and runs a clinic for her stuffed animals and toys out of her backyard playhouse. Chris Nee is the creator and executive producer, while Norton Virgien is director. Doc McStuffins is a production of Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Channel.
Downton Abbey is currently airing season five in the U.K. The season will make its stateside debut on Jan. 4, 2015.