Matt Lucas was told he wouldn’t be in the Doctor Who Christmas special

The fan favourite character ended up making a surprise appearance in Peter Capaldi's final episode

Matt Lucas in Doctor Who's Christmas special, YouTube, SL

Matt Lucas’ Nardole made a guest appearance in the Doctor Who Christmas special in a twist that came as a surprise to fans – and to Lucas himself!

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The actor and comedian recorded a behind-the-scenes video explaining how his role came about, and revealed that even he was told he would play no part in Peter Capaldi’s final episode.

“I was very surprised because I’d been told I wasn’t in this year’s Christmas special, just like I was told I wasn’t in last year’s Christmas special,” said Lucas from the set of the festive instalment.

“I was chuffed to bits that I got to work with Peter Capaldi again.

“Pearl Mackie I really wasn’t fussed about,” he joked, in front of his co-star who reprised her role as Bill Potts for the final time.

Doctor Who’s festive episode – the final one to feature Capaldi – also saw showrunner Steven Moffat handover the reins to Chris Chibnall whose new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, appeared in the closing moments.

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The broadcast drew in an audience of 5.7 million viewers and plenty of positive reaction on social media.