Matt Lucas returns to Doctor Who for series 10

The Little Britain star will be back as the hapless Nardole

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Try not to lose your heads, everyone – but Little Britain’s Matt Lucas is returning to the world of Doctor Who for series 10, following on from his appearance in last year’s Christmas special.

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According to a BBC press release, Lucas will be reprising his role as River Song’s former assistant Nardole (last seen as a disembodied head inside a giant robot body), and will appear very early on in the next series – episode one in fact – for what seems to be a semi-regular series of appearances alongside Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie.

“I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures,” Lucas said. “I loved acting with Peter and I’m excited to work with Pearl.”

Head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (who will be writing the first episode) 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.”

Also announced to be joining the series this year are Jekyll & Hyde and Sherlock star Stephanie Hyam and novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce, who will be penning series 10’s second episode after previously writing 2014’s In the Forest of the Night. We love reunions. 

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Doctor Who will return this Christmas, followed by a new series in 2017