Love him or hate him, Nardole made a big impact on the show last series and brought a lot of fun to Capaldi’s final series. Matt Lucas, who played Nardole, recently discussed the character and his time on the show in a number of interviews.
In an interview for Doctor Who Magazine #518 – now available by the way – Lucas talked about the struggle of filming over nine months whilst simultaneously writing his autobiography, but clearly it was worth it:
“And you only get half an hour for lunch! You start work at 7.30 – and that’s already in costume and make-up. That’s 7.30, on set, rehearsing.
But every day I thought I was so lucky that someone’s paying me to write about my life.
And also, I’m the luckiest man in the world to be an assistant in Doctor Who. So, to be honest with you, even though I was tired, I was never fed up.
I never even made it to the Doctor Who Experience, to my great disappointment.
When I first signed up to do [the 2017 series of] Doctor Who, I originally thought I was just doing another three episodes. Then it kind of grew and grew and grew, until I ended up doing every one.
When I did the book deal, I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll probably have a little bit of spare time on my hands,’ because Nardole is just in it a bit here and there. But I actually ended up being in it far more than I anticipated.
So consequently, my life was: learning lines, saying lines, writing book. Those three things. I’d get up at six in the morning, go to the set, and then I’d get back at 7.30 in the evening. I’d learn my lines, write for a couple more hours, and then go straight to bed.”
He also compared the difference between filming a Christmas Special and a regular episode:
“When you’re making the Christmas Special you muck about more!
I mean, you muck about more on camera. I don’t mean off camera. Off camera you just do the same.
Also they’re longer, so there’s more time for a bit of comedy business.”
Elsewhere, Lucas revealed in an interview with Den of Geek that his relationship with the show might not be over:
“I’m really glad I did it. No regrets at all, only gratitude. I’m not sure my relationship with the show is over, either. But I can’t really go into great detail about that. It remains a big part of my life, let’s put it that way!”
He also spoke about the unique nature of the Doctor Who fandom:
“There’s something about the Doctor Who fandom… if you watch Doctor Who, you’re a member of the club, if you’re in the show, you’re a member of the club.
We’re all members of the club! It’s an odd group. I don’t think there’s the hierarchy that would often exist: ‘I’m in the show, you watch it’. That doesn’t exist in the Whoniverse. If you watch it, you’re in!”
The Doctor Who ‘club’ is proud to have Matt Lucas in it and we look forward to potentially seeing more of Nardole in the future.
Matt Lucas’s autobiography Little Me: My Life From A-Z is currently available on Amazon and all good book stores.