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Sanjeev Bhaskar (Pic: Rex Features)

It seems that barely a week goes by without the announcement of yet another addition to Doctor Who Season 8’s increasingly star-studded guest cast — and the latest piece of news is that the writer and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar will be appearing in the two-part season finale.

Bhaskar is best known as the co-writer and star of the hugely popular sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, and its Emmy-winning spin-off The Kumars at Number 42. He’s also appeared in films including Notting Hill and Zero Theorem, and has a prior Doctor Who connection having played the character of Avishka Sangakkara opposite Paul McGann in two Big Finish audio dramas. He’s also married to Meera Syal, who played Dr Nasreen Chaudhry in 2010’s “The Hungry Earth”/”Cold Blood” two-parter.

After revealing the news on his Twitter page, Bhaskar said that he was “thrilled to have made a small contribution to and now be part of the Doctor Who universe. Another dream box ticked!” Meanwhile, Steven Moffat added “I’m completely thrilled that Sanjeev Bhaskar is coming to the aid of the Doctor. The danger is never deadlier than in a finale episode, and the Time Lord is going to need all the help he can get!”

Little is known at present about the (untitled) episodes in which Bhaskar will appear, save that they’re written by Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay. We may know more, however, by the time the show returns on August 23 with the feature-length opener “Deep Breath”.

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By Seb Patrick