Doctor Who Season 10: Matt Lucas Set for Encore as Nardole

Head’s up: Matt Lucas will reprise his role as Nardole in Doctor Who‘s Season 10 premiere, which begins filming June 20 in Cardiff.

“I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures,” Lucas, who first portrayed the Mendorax Dellora native in last year’s Christmas episode, “The Husbands of River Song,” said in a statement. “I loved acting with Peter [Capaldi] and I’m excited to work with Pearl [Mackie].”

As previously reported, Pearl Mackie (of the West End’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) is boarding the BBC America series in Season 10 as the Doctor’s new companion.

Doctor Who EP/lead writer Steven Moffat said of Lucas’ encore, “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.”

Lucas’ previous TV credits also include Galavant, Fresh off the Boat, Community and the BBC Two comedy Pompidou.