Michelle Gomez (Bad Education, Green Wing) will join the cast of Doctor Who playing the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere when the series returns on 23 August. Take a look at the first photo of the actress in character, plus a new shot featuring Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez on set, along with the returning Cybermen.

Doctor Who Season 8 Michelle Gomez Photo
Doctor Who Season 8 Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez Photo

Speaking about the role, Michelle Gomez offered the following statement.

"Well of course Peter Capaldi is our next Doctor, which makes complete sense. I'm thrilled to join him. Well, you would be, wouldn't you?"

Lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat also added his own statement, welcoming the actress to Doctor Who.

"I've known Michelle for years, and I'm thrilled to welcome her to Doctor Who. She's everything we need - brilliant, Scottish, and a tiny bit satanic."

Filming is well underway for Season 8 of Doctor Who. Guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series, which will air on BBC One this Autumn include Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.