Julie Hesmondhalgh at the Home Manchester for the Manchester Theatre Awards 2017

Former Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh’s Doctor Who role

She'll be joined by comedian Lee Mack

Julie Hesmondhalgh is set to appear in Doctor Who episode Kerblam alongside comedian Lee Mack.

The BBC have confirmed that the former Coronation Street actress and the Would I Lie to You? comedian will guest star in the upcoming episode, which will kick off when a mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the titular Time Lord – played by Jodie Whittaker.

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Julie is set to appear in an episode of Doctor Who (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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The seventh episode – which is written by Pete McTighe and directed by Jennifer Perrott – will see the Doctor, Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh), Yaz Khan (Mandip Gill) and Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer, Kerblam!

The BBC has also confirmed the eighth episode is called The Witchfinders, which will see the space and time travelling gang’s arrival in 17th century Lancashire, where they will be embroiled in a witch trial run by a local landowner.

Lee Mack at the Virgin TV British Academy
Lee will also appear in the episode (Credit: Wenn)

The intense ep – which features the arrival of King James I – will lead the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz to discover that something even more dangerous is threatening the safety of the people of Bilehurst Cragg.

Downtown Abbey’s Siobhan Finneran and Emma actor Alan Cumming will also guest star in the gripping episode, which is written by Joy Wilkinson and directed Sallie Aprahamian.

Lee opened up about his own guest appearance earlier this year, admitting he “harassed” showrunner Chris Chibnall for a part in the show.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, he said: “I am blink-and-you’ll-miss-it. It’s just a little thing. I’ve just been a fan all my life, so I just harassed them until they gave me a little part in it.

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The new series of Doctor Who returned last month (Credit: Giles Kyte/BBC/BBC Studios)

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“I even sent Chris, who runs the show, Chris Chibnall, a video of me getting out of my own TARDIS, which I own. With a Dalek, which I own as well. And I said ‘Come on, give me a part!'”

“And he said ‘Alright!’ So that’s what you need to do if you want a part in something. Just send a video to someone, you’ll get the part.”

Meanwhile, Julie left Coronation Street in 2016 in a heartbreaking storyline in which her character Hayley Cropper, suffering from terminal cancer, killed herself.

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