BBC Strictly Come Dancing legend announces Doctor Who role alongside pro dancers

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Shirley Ballas reveals she's going to be in Doctor Who

Strictly Come Dancing star Shirley Ballas is going to be starring in Doctor Who, it has been revealed.

The revelation came during a discussion on Wednesday’s instalment of Morning Live.

Hosts Gethin Jones and Michelle Ackerley were speaking to Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies regarding the upcoming 60th anniversary specials.

Gethin was quick to mention his brief stint in the BBC series back in 2006 as Cyberman, although he was quick to mention another person in the studio who was going to be a part of the Doctor Who family.

He said: “I’m just thinking there’s somebody else in this studio who might be appearing, potentially on Doctor Who.”

Russell replied: “Do you mean the top secret information that Shirley Ballas is going to appear in Doctor Who?”

Wanting to know more about her upcoming stint in the BBC show, Gethin asked what she was able to tell viewers.

She replied: “Well I can tell you the filming was one of the best days of my life.

“We’re doing a guest appearance with Jojo [which could refer to Johannes Radebe]. I actually get to perform with Jojo and so many other dancers on the show, so I’m very very excited for people to watch.”

The Morning Live host quipped that it was intriguing to see how the world of Strictly Come Dancing was going to collide with Doctor Who.

Russell revealed: “That’s a scoop! That’s brand new information today.

“I was on set that day, let me tell you! There was no way I was missing that. Dame Shirley Ballas on Doctor Who? It’s a great moment.”

During the interview, the showrunner touched on the return of David Tennant as he teased there’s something big happening in the upcoming specials.

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He said: “He [David] was the 10th Doctor, now he’s the 14th, it’s not massively different you don’t get David Tennant to come in and be different, because he’s loved and we want him to be the Doctor of old.

“But, he is 15 years older and there are certain moments where we’ll see little more human touches sometimes, but keep watching!

“You get to the third special and there’s kind of a reason that face has come back.”

Morning Live continues weekdays on BBC One from 9:15

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