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Comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar will have a guest role in the next series of 'Doctor Who'.

Bhaskar, best known for his roles in 'Goodness Gracious Me' and 'The Kumars', will come to the aid of the Doctor in series eight, which starts on BBC One on August 23.

Bhaskar will join a host of famous faces in the series, including Michelle Gomez, Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris. Series eight will be Peter Capaldi's first as the Doctor. Jenna Coleman will play his assistant Clara.

Bhaskar said in a statement: "I'm thrilled to have made a small contribution to and now be part of the Doctor Who universe. Another dream box ticked!"

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: "I'm completely thrilled that Sanjeev Bhaskar is coming to the aid of the Doctor. The danger is never deadlier than in a final episode, and the Time Lord is going to need all the help he can get!"

The first episode of the new series is called 'Deep Breath'. As well as introducing the new Doctor, it will have "plenty of action and nonsense and jeopardy" according to Moffat, who wrote the episode.

It's set in Victorian England, and will see the return of the Paternoster Gang trio of detectives.

It looks like we'll also see the Cybermen and the Daleks make a return in series eight.

The scripts for series eight leaked online recently. The BBC apologised, and pleaded with fans not to spoil the plots for other viewers.

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