Matt Lucas returning for Doctor Who

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Matt Lucas is returning to Doctor Who from the opening episode of series 10, which starts filming with Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie next week in Cardiff.

Following on from his appearance in “The Husbands Of River Song,” Lucas, says: “I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures. I loved acting with Peter and I’m excited to work with Pearl.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, adds: “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.”

Stephanie Hyam (Peaky Blinders, Sherlock) will also play a guest role in the new series.

The opening episode of series 10 is written by showrunner Steven Moffat, executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Lawrence Gough. The second episode in the new series has been crafted by Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

Block 2 writers are Australian Sarah Dollard (“Face The Raven”) and Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster).

Doctor Who will return in December 2016 with a Christmas Special, followed by the new series in 2017.

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