Meet the cast of the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016

Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Time Lord is joined by old and new faces in The Return of Doctor Mysterio

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Peter Capaldi: The Doctor

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Who does he play? 

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To be honest if you’re reading this you’re 99% likely to know, but just in case: Capaldi plays the twelfth incarnation of time-travelling alien The Doctor, the main character in the series. In this adventure, he meets a young boy with a superhero obsession, unintentionally changing his life forever.

Where do you know him from?

Again, probably Doctor Who, though in general Capaldi has had a long and varied career including series like The Hour, Neverwhere, Torchwood and Skins. His best-known role prior to Doctor Who was probably in political satire The Thick Of It, where he played foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker.


Matt Lucas: Nardole

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Who does he play?

An assistant to the Doctor’s wife River Song (Alex Kingston) in last year’s Christmas special, Nardole is back as a companion in his own right this time around, and is set to appear in some future Doctor Who episodes in series 10 next year.

Where do you know him from?

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Lucas is best known for his collaborations with David Walliams on sketch series Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, though he’s also had a long career working solo. Recently he’s appeared in films like Bridesmaids and Alice in Wonderland, as well as writing and starring in experimental BBC comedy Pompidou.