Following his appearance as the serial mistake maker Nardole in the 2015 Christmas Day special, comedian Matt Lucas is set to become a regular in the cast of The BBC’s “Doctor Who” from the opening episode of the tenth season.
Lucas joins newcomer Pearl Mackie, who takes up the role of the companion of The Doctor (Peter Capaldi). It marks Mackie’s first major television role.
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said in a statement: “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.”
Moffat, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Sarah Dollard and Mike Bartlett are penning episodes of the new season which starts filming on Monday in Cardiff, Wales and airs next year.
In related news, the show’s upcoming spin-off series “Class” is set to have a openly gay lead character who is in a committed relationship. Following a group of students at Coal Hill School, Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, and Vivian Oparah lead the series which is due to premiere later this year.
Source: Radio Times