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11:14 am:  Finally got around to watching the latest Dr. Who the other day. The Return of Dr. Mysterio is actually a pretty good riff on superhero tropes, mainly the Clark Kent/Superman/Lois Lane relationship; but I was most interested by the return of Matt Lucas as a regular, mainly because his character, Nardole, is pinging all my "more than they seem to be" radar.

Nardole looks human, but has not aged in the 29-plus years that have elapsed in the story since we first met him (granted, he spent much of that time as a cyborg); he's quite capable of flying the TARDIS himself (albeit with a detour that led to his ruling 12th-century Constantinople for a while); and in the last scene he briefly drops his comical manner to assure the other characters, and by extension the audience, that the Doctor "will be all right -- I'll see to that" before switching his Laurel-and-Hardy grin back on and waving them a cheery farewell.

By all accounts, the decision to keep Lucas on wasn't planned from the beginning, but I'll be interested to see where this goes.



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Date:March 8th, 2017 01:03 am (UTC)
I think he's someone well-known in the UK, so he for that audience probably comes trailing clouds of previous comic glory. They may have intended the associations to carry the part for his first appearance, like getting a well-known singer to turn up in a pantomime, so now nifty writing is required to rework him (and the associations) into something very counter-that.
I'm pretty sure he's not human, and is probably hugely powerful and beneficent, and beyond and outside of the Gallifrey connections.
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Date:March 8th, 2017 01:03 pm (UTC)
I agree about the pantomime-like first appearance, and that they're tweaking the character to work in the longer run -- Lucas and the writers have said as much in interviews.

I mostly know Lucas from Little Britain, in which he plays a wide variety of characters (I suspect his alopecia is actually a help to the makeup artists), but he's probably done other stuff.
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