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' 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!
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.
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"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.