Netflix's The Great British Baking Show Reveals Doctor Who Star As Replacement Host

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Fans of Netflix's The Great British Baking Show were just getting used to Sandi Toksvig as one of the co-hosts and we're already saying goodbye. The show known as The Great British Bake Off overseas has already seen some major cast turnover, with Paul Hollywood as the sole remaining original star, and now it's welcoming a Doctor Who alum as the new co-host to joke alongside Noel Fielding.

The Great British Bake Off announced comedian Matt Lucas will be joining the show as Sandi's replacement. Fans may know him from his sketch comedy with David Walliams, including Rock Profile, Little Britain, and Come Fly With Me. However, Doctor Who fans will remember him as Nardole across more than a dozen episodes from 2015-2017.

Check out Matt Lucas' official intro video with fellow Bake Off/Baking Show co-host Noel Fielding:

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I'm going to miss Sandi Toksvig but I think Matt and Noel are going to have a lot of fun. Also, Lucas' Little Britain fans are hoping he brings back "FatFighters" group leader Marjorie, and considering Lucas' new post, there may be hope:

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Watch one of Matt Lucas' Little Britain Marjorie sketches:

I don't know if The Great British Baking Show would be up for a Marjorie appearance. How about Doctor Who's Nardole? Here's more from him:

I'm looking forward to seeing what Matt Lucas brings to The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. The show used to air in the U.S. on PBS and now it's on Netflix. I don't know why they have to complicate this so much, but what was called The Great British Bake Off Series 10 aired in 2019 in the U.K. and streamed as The Great British Baking Show Collection 7 on Netflix.

So we're on standby for Series 11/Collection 8. When the latest season premiered on Netflix at the start of September 2019, we were surprised to not be able to binge every episode. What's more binge-able than a baking show?! Instead, episodes were posted weekly, arriving on Netflix just a few days after they first premiered in the U.K. That may stay the case this year.

When can we expect The Great British Baking Show Collection 8 on Netflix? Well, The Great British Bake Off tends to premiere in late August in the U.K. and if we get it a few days later, then we could be on track for a start-of-September 2020 premiere on Netflix. Stay tuned.

Are you excited for Matt Lucas to join the team this year?

Gina Carbone

Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.