The BBC have released the first information surrounding series 10 of Doctor Who including cast, writers and a confirmed filming start date.
Filming will start next Monday, 20th June in Cardiff. On set will be new companion Pearl Mackie fresh from her role in the west end theatre in ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’.
Appearing again following his hilarious appearance in the Doctor Who 2015 Christmas Special – ‘The Husbands of River Song’ is actor and comedian Matt Lucas as he reprises his role of Nardole in the new series. Commenting on his return to Doctor Who, Matt Lucas, said: “I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures. I loved acting with Peter and I’m excited to work with Pearl.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added: “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 joining twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas is Stephanie Hyam who will play a guest cast role in the new series and is recognised for her performance as Lily Clarke in ‘Jekyll & Hyde’. She’s also appeared in ‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘Murdered by My Boyfriend’, and ‘Sherlock’.
The opening episode of series 10 is written by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Lawrence Gough. The second episode in the new series has been crafted by award-winning screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
Block 2 writers are Sarah Dollard (writer of acclaimed episode Face the Raven) and Mike Bartlett (multi award winning Doctor Foster).
Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales produced drama for BBC One. It will return in December 2016 with a Christmas Special, followed by the new series in 2017.