Nardole will once again join the Doctor for more shenanigans. Fans of the bumbling character have gotten their wish, Nardole will return to Doctor Who, but this time he will show his more nefarious side. According to a recent statement by Steven Moffat, Matt Lucas will return as Nardole this season, but he will also bring some baggage with him. He has his own agenda, and this season we will begin to see some of his shady past:
I’ve been thinking for a while with Peter’s Doctor that he should have a butler, a valet, an assistant. He would want somebody to fetch and carry and do complicated tasks for him – he’d want a little expert on hand and I was already thinking about that and had quite a different idea of who that was going to be. [Nardole] is so brilliant and charming and he’s already in place albeit decapitated … So we brought him back. He is The Doctor’s go-to guy. He’s not quite, as we have seen in ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’ the bumbling oaf he likes people to think he is – he’s slyer, more devious, more useful and he has a very shady past.
What does this mean for the Doctor Who character moving forward? Will Nardole eventually become an enemy of the Doctor? Only time will tell.