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