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Comedian Matt Lucas stars as Nardole in 'Doctor Who'. (Photo: BBC)

Facts about what the new season of Doctor Who has in store for us have been thin on the ground so far: We know that the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) meets a new friend called Bill (Pearl Mackie) and introduces her to some Daleks, but apart from that, nada.

Until now, that is. It was announced today (June 14) that comedian Matt Lucas will return to the show as River Song’s assistant Nardole from the beginning of the new season.

Matt himself said he was “chuffed to bits”, while showrunner Steven Moffat said he is “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.”

Also returning as a writer in Season 10 will be Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who gave us “In The Forest of the Night” and Sarah Dollard (“Face the Raven”). New faces include the acclaimed actress Stephanie Hyam (Peaky Blinders, Sherlock, Jekyll & Hyde), who will play a guest part in the new season, and award-winning writer Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster).

And then there’s not (too) long to wait, either – filming starts next week (June 20) in Cardiff.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.