Matt Lucas is reprising his role as Nardole in the upcoming season of Doctor Who. Lucas, whose character was introduced in the “The Husbands of River Song” episode, will be joining Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and show newcomer Pearl Mackie (West End’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) as the Doctor’s companion in season 10 which is set to begin shooting in Cardiff on June 20, 2016. Stephanie Hyam (Jekyll & Hyde, Peaky Blinders) is also confirmed for a guest starring role in the new season.
“I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures. I loved acting with Peter and I’m excited to work with Pearl,” said Lucas, commenting on this return to the popular sci-fi series.
Executive producer/lead writer Steven Moffat said, “Delighted and slightly amazed to be welcoming Matt Lucas back on to the TARDIS – and this time it’s not just for Christmas, he’s sticking around. One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space” Moffat wrote the season 10 opener which was executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett, and directed by Lawrence Gough. Season 10’s second episode was written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Other writers involved in the new season include Sarah Dollard (writer of the “Face the Raven” episode) and Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster).
The upcoming season of Doctor Who will kick off on BBC America with the 2016 Christmas Special. New episodes will follow in 2017.