BBC has announced that British comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar has signed on for an unspecified role in Season 8 of Doctor Who, which debuts on Saturday, August 23. The network has also released a new photo featuring series stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, which you can take a look at below, along with the official press release announcing Sanjeev Bhaskar's casting.

Doctor Who Season 8 Photo
Doctor Who Sanjeev Bhaskar Photo

Popular comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar is to join the cast of Doctor Who when the series returns to BBC One on 23 August.

Speaking about the role, Sanjeev Bhaskar had this to say.

"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, issued his own statement.

"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!"

Filming is well underway for Season 8 of Doctor Who. Guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series include Michelle Gomez, Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.