Revealing that Kay would star as dastardly Victor Kennedy in series two, penmeister general Russell T Davies says: "We cast Peter after he wrote me the most brilliant letter to say how much he’d enjoyed series one."
But don’t expect any gags from the gagman of Phoenix Nights and the Bolton Albert Halls. "This is not a comedy turn," insists Davies. "Peter is a versatile actor who has appeared in Paul Abbott’s Butterfly Collectors and The Secret Life of Michael Fry."
Look out for Kay in episode 10 of the new series. Other episodes are peppered with startdust in the form of Anthony Head, Maureen Lipman, Roger Lloyd-Pack (Only Fools), Pauline Collins (Bleak House) and Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders). See Outpost Gallifrey for all the latest.
* Doctor Who, BBC1, "spring 2006". Cuh!Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip