A fan-favorite character is returning to Season 10 of “Doctor Who.” The BBC announced that Matt Lucas, known for playing Nardole, will be making an appearance in the opening episode of the upcoming 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,” Lucas said in a statement.
Nardole is a human cyborg who made his first appearance in the 2015 Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song.” He was told by Professor Song to find the surgeon needed to extract the Halassi Androvar from the head of King Hydroflax. But instead, Nardole found Doctor Who and took him to the Professor.
“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,” said Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer. “One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space.”
Filming for “Doctor Who” begins Monday, June 20 in Cardiff, Wales. Pearl Mackie, who was recently cast as Peter Capaldi’s new companion, will embark on her first week filming the role of Bill. This will be her first major television role following her West End appearance in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.”
The BBC also announced that Stephanie Hyam will play a guest role in the new season. The actress is known for her appearances in “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Sherlock.”
The opening episode is written by “Doctor Who” showrunner Moffat, executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Lawrence Gough. The second episode has been crafted by award-winning screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
“Doctor Who” will return for its annual Christmas special, followed by the tenth season in 2017.