Strictly Come Dancing stars to make surprise cameo in Doctor Who - details

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1 May 2024, 10:28

Doctor Who stars Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson and Johannes Radebe and Shirley Ballas on Strictly Come Dancing

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Strictly Come Dancing’s Johannes Radebe and Shirley Ballas will star in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who.

The professional dancers are set to join the Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and his new companion Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) for a dance sequence in the time travelling adventure series’ second episode, it has been confirmed.

In The Devil’s Chord, the Doctor and Ruby will meet The Beatles at the world-famous Abbey Road studios, and it sounds as if this meeting will eventually lead to a swinging sixties-style dance scene.

Speaking at a Q&A celebrating the show’s upcoming 14th series (season one internationally), Gibson spilled the beans about the Strictly Come Dancing stars’ involvement in the future episode.

“I remember reading The Devil's Chord and getting the biggest goosebumps at the end. It just seemed like this incredible episode,” she explained. “And I was like: ‘Wait, we dance with Joh­­annes and Shirley from Strictly? OK. Next page.’ It's just like the craziest thing. And it was crazy to film it!”

“That day we were dancing with them, we had a ball. We had so much fun,” Sex Education star Gatwa added. “Loved The Devil's Chord episode so much. Loved reading it and then working and shooting it. 

“We had an amazing choreographer who whipped us into shape with such kindness,” the actor continued. “He made the choreography accessible. So we had a lot of help and a lot of fun.”

Strictly head judge Ballas - who recently shared with fans the positive news that some recent cancer tests she’d had came back all clear - revealed she and Radebe would be appearing on Doctor Who in November last year.

Appearing on BBC’s Morning Live, she shared filming for the show “was one of the best days of my life” and that she is “very, very excited for people to watch” the pair’s cameo performance.

Doctor Who will land on BBC iPlayer on Saturday 11th May, before airing that evening on BBC One.