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'Doctor Who' Adds 'Storming Villain' for Upcoming Season

Actor, comedian and real-life physics expert Ben Miller will appear opposite the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) as a baddie, according to showrunner Steven Moffat.

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LONDON – Doctor Who is lining up the baddies for its upcoming season.

Actor, comedian and real-life physics expert Ben Miller will appear opposite the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) as a "storming villain," according to showrunner Steven Moffat.

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Moffat said: "Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it's about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who."

Miller, a self-confessed "Whovian," said he couldn't believe his luck in landing the role.

"My only worry is that they'll make me leave the set when I'm not filming," Miller said.

The former Death in Paradise star studied for a Ph.D. in physics at Cambridge University and has fronted BBC2 science strand Horizon.

He made his TV name as half of comedy duo Armstrong and Miller before success in dramas, including Primeval and, more recently, as a detective in the first two series of the BBC’s Death in Paradise.

Miller follows in the footsteps of his partner in comedy Alexander Armstrong, who appeared in the Doctor Who 2011 Christmas special.

Other familiar faces confirmed to join Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new season, which will unspool on BBC One later this year, include Tom Riley and Keeley Hawes, a female foe.