Matt Lucas Will Stick Around to Be the Doctor's 'Valet' in Season 10 of Doctor Who

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We knew that Matt Lucas’ Nardole, who first showed up in “The Husbands Of River Song,” was going to be in more than one of the new Doctor Who episodes. But now we have a few more details about what he’s doing and how long he’s staying.


After a screening of the Christmas special, Lucas said, “You’re stuck with me for a little bit” and said his character was more of a “valet” than the traditional companion. He added that, over the course of his episodes, “You learn a little bit more about me and I’m a bit of a thorn in [the Doctor’s] side. I have a job to do, but I think [the Doctor will] regret giving me that job.”

We still don’t know exactly how long Lucas is around for, although it seems like it’ll be for at least a few episodes at the start of the season. Lucas said the dynamic between Nardole, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) is “novel” because she’s the only human among two different aliens. “She grounds us. There’s something very contemporary about that character I think, and her performance,” Lucas said.

It is true that the Doctor has had many fewer nonhuman companions than human ones, and it’s been a long time since the TARDIS housed one. We’ll have to wait until April to see how it all shakes out.

[Sci Fi Now]

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.


Cat Tarsus Sinus

How nauseating. By the time series 10 airs we’ll have been over a year with only a single episode of Doctor Who (and one which will also feature Matt frigging Lucas) and the first thing we’re going to hit in the face with when it comes back is more Matt frigging Lucas. I still feel this is Moffat giving viewers the finger on the way out the door. If it wasn’t for Capaldi, and writers like Sarah Dollard and Rona Munro, I’d probably skip the series all together. Heck, I could just watch Fear Her most Saturdays and probably be just as entertained.

I’m more than ready for Chibnall. He won’t be perfect and he’ll make his own horrendous mistakes, sure, but at least (from a viewer’s standpoint) they’re likely to be new mistakes. I won’t be sorry to see, hopefully at least, Moffat’s tropes disappearing in the rearview mirror. He’s gone back to the well with the same old stuff a few times too many. I’m not saying everything that’s happened while he’s been showrunner is garbage. It most certainly is not, but like I’m sure a lot of relatives will do next week, he’s worn out his welcome with a lot of people.