Matt Lucas will play a major role in the Doctor Who Christmas special
The space for the Doctor’s assistant will be filled by Matt Lucas in the upcoming Christmas special of the hit sci-fi show.
The comedian and actor first appeared in the franchise for 2015’s Christmas special, in which he portrayed Nardole, River Song’s former assistant. Nardole was last seen with his head attached to a dangerous robot, and it remains unknown whether he will stay in this state for the new special.
It has already been revealed that Lucas would be returning for the tenth series of the revamped drama, which will introduce Pearl Mackie as Bill – the Doctor’s new permanent assistant.
According to the Radio Times, a source said: “The Doctor won’t have a temporary companion this Christmas and essentially that space will be taken by Nardole.
“He’s not a companion as such but it’s not as if he doesn’t play a similar role.”
The Christmas special will be the first episode of the show since the 2015 special, after bosses revealed the series would be taking a break in 2016. Regular episodes are expected to begin airing in 2017, which will be Steven Moffat’s final series as showrunner before check takes over.
The festive edition of Doctor Who will also star War of the Worlds actor Justin Chatwin, revealed Radio Times.
His character will be a “superhero character”, who is a “brash figure” with an American accent.
Meanwhile, Moffat’s fellow Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss recently revealed he thought the script for Doctor Who‘s Christmas special was “absolutely beautiful” and “made him cry”. That’s quite a commendation!