Two Strictly Come Dancing stars will make cameo appearances in the forthcoming season of Doctor Who.
The first of three specials marking the BBC’s sci-fi favorite’s 60th anniversary will air this weekend, with David Tennant reprising his role as the 14th Doctor before Ncuti Gatwa takes over.
Russell T Davies is also back on board after resurrecting and leading the programme from 2005 to 2010.
Cameos in forthcoming episodes have been anticipated for months, with Neil Patrick Harris, Miriam Margolyes, and Nicola Coughlan already confirmed.
Russell has now confirmed that two more notable people will participate in the series of specials.
During an appearance on Morning Live on Wednesday, he was questioned about other personalities slated to appear, and his attention was drawn to Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas, who was there in the studio.
‘Do you mean the top-secret information that Shirley Ballas is going to appear on Doctor Who?’ he said, before she was asked about the new gig.
‘Well, I can tell you the filming was one of the best days of my life,’ she explained.
‘I am doing a guest appearance with JoJo (Johannes Radebe) where I actually get to perform with him and so many other dancers on the show.
‘So, I am very, very excited for people to watch.’
Russell then added that after securing her for the series, he made sure he was on site that day to observe Shirley at work because he was ‘not going to miss that’.
The Star Beast, the first episode of the 60th anniversary Doctor Who special, will premiere on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., followed by Wild Blue Yonder and The Giggle in the coming weeks.
However, it is not yet known which episode the Strictly Come Dancing stars will feature on.
Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday and Sunday on BBC One and iPlayer. Doctor Who returns on Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.