Steven Moffat explains why Matt Lucas is returning to ‘Doctor Who’

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has discussed the decision to bring back Matt Lucas as Nardole in the new season.

Lucas made his debut as Nardole, who met the Doctor on the human colony of Mendorax Dellora in the year 5343, in last year’s Christmas special, ‘The Husbands of River Song’.

The Little Britain star will be joining the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in Season 10, which began filming in June.

Doctor Who 10 Matt Lucas Pearl Mackie Peter Capaldi Bill Nardole Twelfth

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine in the new issue, Moffat explained: “I decided Nardole should return to Doctor Who when Matt Lucas got in touch saying, ‘I loved being in that show. Can I come back?’ And I sat there thinking, ‘Okay, so this guy who’s out in LA being offered every kind of pilot and every kind of career advancement has basically decided that instead of all that wealth and spectacular success, he’d rather go to Cardiff and make Doctor Who.’ I thought, ‘He is of my kind. He belongs to our world.’”

He added: “And so now that was an opportunity – given that it was in front of me and possible – I decided to import the best comic timing I’ve ever seen into Doctor Who on a regular basis.”

Watch Matt Lucas in a behind-the-scenes video…

Matt Lucas has revealed that “Nardole is becoming more textured” in the new episodes.

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The new season of Doctor Who will air on BBC One in spring 2017.

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

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

  • Greetl

    Aww. That’s kind of sweet. I was neutral about Matt’s role in Husbands as it was small and fairly unremarkable and didn’t get in the way of the real treat of Alex and Peter working together but I don’t doubt he is a good actor. If given some great dialogue and the chance to act opposite a truly talented comic actor like Capaldi, this might turn out to be really good like Frank Skinner in Mummy, rather than Peter Kaye in Love and Monsters. After Runaway Bride I really thought using Catherine Tate would ruin the show but she toned it down and ended up being a passably good companion and when given some reasonable stuff to do, showed she could act (which certainly wasn’t on display in Runaway Bride). Therefore happy to keep a very open mind!

    • Charlieboy

      How is it “sweet”?

  • Dr. Moo

    Open mind – The Moff knows what he’s doing nine times out of ten. His track record is of a generally high quality. Thus I conclude there’s a good reason for him bringing Nardole back. But even if not at least Matt Lucas is always fun so I’m sure I’ll enjoy what’s lined up.

    Remember Donna? Awful in her debut but goes on to be one of the best companions that the Doctor ever had. The difference here is that Nardole was good (if underused) from the start.

    • Lol think you’ve twisted your sentences round there, Moo. Donna (good if underused from the start) goes on to be one of the best companions. Nardole (madly useless and annoying from the start) goes on to be played by Matt Lucas…
      Thing is, I’ve no doubt at all that Lucas could be a fantastic dramatic actor. Would be a kindness though to write more drama and less comedy for him.

      • Dr. Moo

        “I’ve no doubt at all that Lucas could be a fantastic dramatic actor. Would be a kindness though to write more drama and less comedy for him.” – I agree with this.

      • Charlieboy

        Did you watch Pompidou? Not one laugh in it.

    • Charlieboy

      No, sorry!
      You may be right in saying ” Moffat knows what he’s doing nine times out of ten”, but nine times out of ten he screws up his initial idea, and it turns to crap! Moffat doesn’t think his ideas out first!

  • Charlieboy

    What a pathetic reason to bring back a character!

  • TheGreatestManWhoEverLived

    To hell with this guy, bring back Craig Owens.

    Lucas isn’t even remotely funny. He looks like a mentally challenged Billy Corgan