John Bishop is set to star on Doctor Who.

The comedian has landed a role as new character Dan on the sci-fi hit.

In his first interview about joining the cast, he said: “If I could tell my younger self that one day I would be asked to step on board the TARDIS, I would never have believed it.

“It’s an absolute dream come true to be joining Doctor Who.”

John, 54, has already started filming scenes for the BBC show alongside stars Jodie Whittaker, 38, and Mandip Gill, 32.

Fans will see him make his debut on the new series later this year.

John will be appearing on Doctor Who as new character Dan

John said: “I couldn’t wish for better company than Jodie and Mandip.”

Doctor Who execs have been holding top-secret talks with John for a year.

Show boss Chris Chibnall has teased the comic’s arrival will mark a new era for the show.

He said: “It’s time for the next chapter of Doctor Who and it starts with a man called Dan. We’ve had to keep this one secret for a long, long time. Our conversations started with John even before the pandemic hit.

Jodie will be appearing in the new series of Doctor Who, which is airing later this year

“The character of Dan was built for him and it’s a joy to have him aboard the TARDIS.”

BBC boss Piers Wenger said: “We are beyond thrilled to have John Bishop joining Doctor Who.

”Alongside Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill, John is a wonderful addition to the show and we have no doubt that series 13 is going to be another thrilling set of adventures for the Doctor.”

The announcement comes just a day after John revealed he is battling coronavirus.

In a post on social media he admitted it is “the worst illness” he has ever had.

The Liverpool-born star has previously had acting roles in teen drama Skins and hit film Route Irish.