Happy Birthday Nardole—Er Matt Lucas

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Happy birthday, Matt Lucas!From the streets of Little Britain to the far-flung galaxies of Doctor Who, Lucas has been making people laugh since the mid-’90s.Perhaps best known to US audiences as Tweedledee and Tweedledum in the modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland, Kristen Wiig’s obnoxious roommate in Bridesmaids, or Stu in two episodes of Portlandia, the London-born comedian has officially joined Team TARDIS.Following appearances in the 2015 and 2016 Christmas specials, Lucas’s Nardole returns this spring as the Doctor’s first full-time alien companion in more than 30 years. Vislor Turlough (Mark Strickson) traveled with the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) from 1983-84.Lucas got his show-biz start in 1995’s The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, but rose to fame as a scorekeeping baby on panel show Shooting Stars. In 2000, he partnered with English actor David Walliams for Little Britain; originally a radio show, it later became a TV series.Lucas and Walliams in “Little Britain” (BBC)He also crossed paths with Doctor Who royalty during his role as a Venetian duke in BBC serial Casanova, written by former showrunner Russell T Davies and starring a pre-regeneration David Tennant (Tenth Doctor).Working steadily since the new millennium, Lucas has lent his voice to animated film Gnomeo and Juliet, appeared in NBC series Community, and launched the program Pompidou on BBC Two.Now, Lucas is traveling through space and time with the Twelfth Doctor and Bill Potts, as loveable-if-dim sidekick Nardole.Hired by River Song as a servant on his home planet of Mendorax Dellora on Christmas Day 5343, the oafish character unwittingly brings the Doctor and River back together in “The Husbands of River Song.”He also manages to get his head chopped off and transplanted onto King Hydroflax’s cyborg body—a small detail the writers gloss over during Nardole’s fully intact reappearance in “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”“You do discover … across the course of the [upcoming] series how Nardole was put together again and why he’s back,” Lucas said during a December appearance on The One Show, promising the reconstruction will be explained. “He’s not just there on a whim. He has a job to do. All becomes apparent throughout the series.”In February—less than a month before his 43rd birthday—Lucas was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bristol, where he studied Theater, Film, and Television in 1993, but left before completing his course.Stream all episodes of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.All pictures via doctorwho.tumblr.comView as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.last_img

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