Written by John Hussey
Doctor Who is due back this Spring, and as we try to wait patiently (having not had a proper series since 2015) for its arrival we are greeted with an interesting piece of news to ponder on. I’m talking of course about Matt Lucas (co-star of Little Britain) and his extended role within Series 10.
Lucas first appeared as Nardole within the 2015 Christmas Special, “The Husbands of River Song”, where he starred as a minor character before quickly being killed off by the Xmas villain King Hydroflax. He then returned in last month’s Christmas Special, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” having been reassembled by The Twelfth Doctor to serve as his new travelling companion. Nardole is set to next appear in the Series 10 opener, “A Star in Her Eye”, which introduces new companion Bill (played by Pearl Mackie).
Here’s what showrunner Steven Moffat had to say regarding Nardole’s involvement within the upcoming series, “He was contracted for certain episodes [of the 2017 series], and he’s crept into far more of them. I think he’s going to end up being in all of them, in fact, because we love him.”
He added: “In the first episodes of [Series 10], he’s slightly broader, but we more clearly establish in this Christmas one that he’s sly, and clever, and daft – but he’s not just rent-a-duffer, as he was in “The Husbands of River Song”, where he was a relatively small character, killed off early on, who happened to be played by Matt Lucas. This is a chance to slightly reconfigure him. He’s a wee bit cheeky to The Doctor, but he’s genuinely helpful and good at things.”
Lucas also teased: “Nardole is the first non-human companion in quite a long time… he knows things even The Doctor wouldn’t know!”
Regardless of whether or not you’ve agreed on Moffat’s mad ideas in the past couple of years (I’ve personally had both moments of pure delight and utter depression) we still have another year of him as showrunner. I personally don’t fully mind the inclusion of Nardole (despite his irrelevance for the majority of “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”) but I can understand why some aren’t particarly happy about it.
But for the moment we’ll have to wait and see what happens. I’m really, really hoping that Moffat can produce something out of his old bag of tricks and give us a solid final series so he can end his era on a high, and ultimately redeem himself for his recent mistakes. I just can’t bare the thought of another inconsistent run of episodes. I guess time will tell, it always does.