Ben Miller will guest star as a villain in Doctor Who Series 8.
Commenting on his role, Miller said: “As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they’ll make me leave the set when I’m not filming.”
Miller achieved fame as half of comedy duo Armstrong and Miller before success in dramas, including Primeval and more recently, as DI Richard Poole, the central character in the first two series of the BBC’s Death in Paradise.
Miller’s partner in comedy, Alexander Armstrong appeared in the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special, playing Reg Arwell, and was the voice of Mr Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures, but it’s Miller’s first time on the show and he’ll be starring in an episode written by Mark Gatiss.
Steven Moffat added: “Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it’s about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!”
Doctor Who Series 8 will air later in 2014 on BBC One.