Matt Lucas is returning to Doctor Who.
The Little Britain star has signed on for the upcoming 12 episode tenth season of BBC One’s sci-fi hit, TVWise has learned.
Lucas will be reprising his role as Nardole, which he first played in 2015 Christmas Special The Husbands Of Rover Song, and will appear from the first episode of season 10 onward.
“I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the Tardis for some more adventures”, Matt Lucas said in a statement. “I loved acting with Peter and I’m excited to work with Pearl.”
The show’s tenth season, which is set to premiere in 2017 following this year’s Christmas special, will see Pearl Mackie join the cast as the new companion. This will also be the final season for showrunner Steven Moffat, who is being replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall for season 11.
“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”, added lead-writer, executive producer and showrunner Steven Moffat. “One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space.”
Additionally, the BBC has announced that Stephanie Hyam, best known for he role as as Lily Clarke in Jekyll & Hyde, has been cast in an as-yet unspecified guest role. Writers for the tenth season of Doctor Who include Steven Moffat, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Sarah Dollard and Mike Bartlett. BBC Cymru Wales is producing, with Moffat and Brian Minchin serving as the executive producers.