Davina McCall will star in the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special.
The 'My Mum, Your Dad' presenter hailed it "beyond an honour" to be playing herself in the festive episode 'The Church on Ruby Road', which will mark Ncuti Gatwa's first adventure as the Fifteenth Doctor and Millie Gibson's debut as his new companion Ruby Sunday.
Davina said in a statement: “It is beyond an honour to be asked to appear in not only 'Doctor Who' but also Ncuti’s first episode as the new Doctor. It was such an extraordinary experience and Russell has written you all a Christmas delight! Now I just can’t wait for everyone to see it!”
Ruby was abandoned on Christmas Eve as a baby and now lives with her mother Carla (Michelle Greenidge) and grandmother Cherry (Angela Wynter) and the episode explores the secret of her birth, while the Doctor will come face-to-face with mysterious goblins.
Anita Dobson will also feature in the episode as Mrs. Flood.
Showrunner Russell T. Davis is delighted the programme will air on Christmas Day (25.12.23).
He said: “From Day One in this job, I wanted Doctor Who back on Christmas Day! And with Ncuti, Millie, Davina and the Goblin King, I hope it’s a feast for all the family!”
Before Ncuti takes over at Christmas, David Tennant is in the midst of three special episodes for the show's anniversary.
The returning star is playing the new Fourteenth Doctor rather than reprising his role as the Tenth, and he was back in the TARDIS over the weekend for 'The Star Beast', with 'Wild Blue Yonder' and 'The Giggle' to follow.
The latter will mark the end of his latest run on the show, but he isn't ruling out another comeback in the future.
Speaking to SFX magazine, he recently said: "I think it would be disingenuous to imagine that I might never be asked again, because history would indicate that it was always a possibility.
"So I’m not going to say never because I don’t think anyone would believe me.
"That doesn’t mean I know that I ever will. But I suppose until I can’t run down a corridor it’s always a possibility. But I promise to have no plans."