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Steven Moffat: “Matt Lucas’ Nardole is a full-time companion in Doctor Who Series 10”

December 31st, 2016 by Marc Comments

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While it’s probably not a surprise to anyone who has watched the trailer for Doctor Who Series 10 (here), it looks like Matt Lucas’ Nardole character is set to play a big part in the upcoming adventures.

Showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that, while originally only set for a few episodes, Lucas has managed to make the role a bigger deal: “He was contracted for certain episodes and he’s crept into far more of them. I think he’s going to end up being in all of them, in fact, because we love him.”

Talking about the character, who appeared in this year’s Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, after debuting (and dying) in last year’s Christmas adventure, The Husbands of River Song, Moffat explains that his character will evolve over the series: “In the first episodes of next year’s series, he’s slightly broader, but we more clearly establish in this Christmas one that he’s sly, and clever, and daft – but he’s not just rent-a-duffer, as he was in The Husbands of River Song, where he was a relatively small character, killed off early on, who happened to be played by Matt Lucas. This is a chance to slightly reconfigure him. He’s a wee bit cheeky to the Doctor, but he’s genuinely helpful and good at things.”

We’re wondering if the Doctor’s resurrecting of him, as explained in this year’s Special, will be elaborated on as the series goes on?

Matt Lucas adds: “Nardole is the first non-human companion in quite a long time… he knows things even the Doctor wouldn’t know!”

I’m not going to lie, I remember him being in the 2015 Special but not much resonates about his role, but I really liked him this Christmas and, for one, am looking forward to him travelling through time and space on a weekly basis.

What about you guys?

Source: Doctor Who TV

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….