Matt Lucas is returning to ‘Doctor Who’ in Season 10 as a regular

The BBC has officially announced today that Matt Lucas will be joining the cast of Doctor Who as a regular next season.

The Little Britain star made his debut as Nardole in last year’s Christmas special, ‘The Husbands of River Song’.

A new press released confirms: “Matt Lucas returns to Doctor Who from the opening episode of series 10 which starts filming next week in Cardiff.”

Doctor Who The Husbands of River Song Nardole (MATT LUCAS)

Lucas commented: “I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures. I loved acting with Peter [Capaldi] and I’m excited to work with Pearl [Mackie].”

Lead writer Steven Moffat added: “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.”

Viewers first met Nardole in the year 5343 in the human colony of Mendorax Dellora. However, he ended ‘The Husbands of River Song’ having been ‘uploaded’ to King Hydroflax’s robotic body, apparently with only his head remaining.

Matt Lucas was recently seen on BBC One as Bottom in former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies’ adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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The new season of Doctor Who will air on BBC One in spring 2017, with Pearl Mackie joining Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as new companion Bill.

> Here’s everything we know so far about Season 10.

Are you looking forward to the return of Nardole? Let us know below…

  • Matthew Hewitt

    I take it this is a late April Fools joke…?

    • James Golbey

      Interestingly, due to Sky+ and the amazing disappearing recordings I haven’t seen Husbands yet so cannot comment on Matt Lucas. What I will say is that Tennant and Tate were very good when RTD was in charge so Moff is obviously still taking notes from his old mate.

      • Greetl

        You are in for a treat. Husbands is really funny. Alex Kingston and Peter Capaldi are fabulous together and the ending is very moving and just lovely really. Matt’s role is fairly small but he is funny and kind of sweet. I imagine Moffat will develop his character a bit and he and Bill could be a great comic duo giving 12 loads of grief. I wasn’t a big fan of the Tennant/Tate partnership and think Bill/12 with or without Nardole looks set to be better mainly due to how awedome an actor Peter is compared to David but mainly because the vibe with Bill looks to be really fresh and differrnt to any previous companion. Adding Nardole makes it even more interesting. My two cents’ worth anyway.

  • mark budgen

    Lucas is a one trick pony.

    • Bruce Greenwood

      You’re saying he should quit while he’s a head?

  • Daniel

    Interesting. Series 10 is aiming for a lighter comedy tone it seems particularly with Bill looking to be fairly cheeky and irreverent to the Doctor as well. I thought the character of Nardole was underused in Husbands of River Song so didn’t make a big impression but think bouncing off a slightly exasperated 12 could be funny. Moffat is excellent at banter and deadpan Capaldi flicking off sarcastic barbs is always a joy, so the three of them in the Tardis could be great fun. I remember how everyone moaned about Catherine Tate coming back after being so annoying and just awful in Runaway Bride but she reined it in and ended up being one of the more popular new Who companions. Matt Lucas might do the same. Let’s keep our minds open.

    • Matthew Hewitt

      I agree with you about Catherine Tate and I have nothing in principle against Matt Lucas, but it smacks of being a knee-jerk reaction against the (unfair IMO) criticisms that last season was too dark. It also shows a lack of faith in Pearl Mackie on the part of the production team, whether intentional or not. The complete opposite, if you like, of RTD’s correct decision not to bring Barrowman back for S2.

      • Greetl

        Tweets from onlookers at first read through all unanimous that Pearl is just amazing as Bill. We know we can rely on Moff’s great writing but good to see we have another fantastic companion after the remarkable Clara. A great early sign of how good series 10 is shaping up to be. Last series was perfect IMHO with right balance between dark and light. Suspect things will be a bit lighter next year though.

        • Pantz

          “Moff’s great writing”? “Last series was perfect”? Ha ha ha! Thanks for that, I needed a good laugh.

  • Dr. Moo

    Hmm… I like Matt Lucas and really enjoyed him in The Husbands of River Song but where is there to go with his character? Nardole was a fun character as a one-off deviation but doesn’t seem to have the scope to go anywhere in the long term, especially since he’s effectively dead. We’ll see where this goes but I’m not sure what I make of it.

  • Edward Delingford

    Happy with this. I thought Husbands of River Song was a brilliant frothy Christmas treat and Nardole was a really fun character. Matt Lucas is incredibly popular and as his recent turn in the otherwise rather poor Midsummer Night’s Dream showed, he can hold hold own among top class actors. He’ll have Peter Capaldi to work with for a start. I think it’s a smart move as it signals already that series 10 is going to have a lighter tone (at least initially) and may appeal to younger viewers who really are Who’s future. Compare that to the complete lack of BBC created buzz around series 9 and the stupid same old same old tag. They are making an early statement about series 10. We don’t know much about Nardole’s backstory either and as he’s not a contemporary human, we finally have an alien on board. With Bill, could be a fun crew.

    More exciting still is the announcement about the first tranche of writers made at the same time. One name is clearly one of the two huge names Moffat foreshadowed and was so thrilled about and for lovers of quality writing, it really is a huge get for tye show. I am still hoping we get the Ianucci script which has been teased as well. No doubt Cultbox will have a separate article, so I shall do my huge squeals of joy there. It’s such a feather in Moffat’s cap too!

    • MurrayFutterman

      I really want an Iannucci script too, but I don’t think it’s going to happen this year as he starts shooting his new film THE DEATH OF LENIN this month.
      On the other hand, it’s interesting that the Christmas special doesn’t appear to be in the first two blocks this year. Perhaps it’s being filmed later to work around the schedule of a guest actor, or hopefully a certain guest director who has been long mooted.

  • Baz Hood

    Dear lord, noooooooooo. Just when you think the show can’t possibly get any worse! I am SO glad Moffat’s off after this.

    • Pantz

      I know, right?

  • Cheryl Croman

    Great news. I love Matt Lucas. It will be interesting to see what adventures Steven Moffat has in store for Nardole.

  • Marcie

    Lucas is a great choice to return. He was good in the Christmas episode and will bring in new viewers too I think. Great Captain’s call by the Moffster. Probably only a couple of episodes, not whole seies as I am loving what I have seen of Bill so far and want to see her and 12 forming a close bond.

  • John Dove

    Presumably a different character, due to the unfortunate decapitation business, or that person’s ancestor, because otherwise that would be sort of dumb, wouldn’t it?

    • Pantz

      As Lucas said in the interview, his character Nardole from the Christmas episode is returning to the show… a dumb decision it is then.

  • Dr. Moo

    How about if Nardole teams up with Gibbis (from The God Complex) and performs a series of very un-PC sketches with narration from the Fourth Doctor and the occasional appearance of Donna Noble?

    • Bruce Greenwood

      Xoanon says no.

  • MargaretL

    Couple of tweets from first readthrough with Peter, Pearl and Matt including from Andy Pryor who is in absolute raptures. Raves about the dynamic between Pearl and Peter. No surprises there as they look to be a great team based on the little glimpses we have seen with will have a new kind of relationship we haven’t had before. I would be happy to predict that Bill will become an absolute favourite very quickly and we will all be laughing about any concerns we ever had. Oh and apoarently Matt’s chemistry with the two of them is also sendational. And so it begins. Series 10 is underway.

    • Greetl

      Ed Russell has also tweeted to say how gobsmacked he is with Pearl’s performance. I don’t think I have ever seen the Who outer circle be so excited by a new companion before. We know Pearl has amazing theatre chops and we know she already has fantastic chemistry with Peter but the fact that they have blown away everyone at their very first readthrough already makes me think we could be looking at an all time great Doctor/companion combo. I agree with you that we will all be wondering how we ever doubted Bill would be an amazing companion after the first episode or so. Don’t think I have ever been so excited for a new series before, but maybe series 5 simply because I was so tired for Tennant and RTD by then and I had heard such fantastic things about Matt (which of course all turned out to be true). Bring it on, baby!

  • Jesús Ramos

    Es un guiño a Eric Cartman de South Park. 😀