“The new Doctor is going to need new friends.”
© BBC – Picture shows (l-r): Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole
It’s Doctor Who announcement time. And the BBC haven’t disappointed with an all new cast announced set to join the Tardis’ Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.
Joining the first female Doctor as regular cast, will be Bradley Walsh (Coronation Street), Tosin Cole (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks), as Graham, Ryan and Yasmin respectively. Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke.
New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch), says: “The new Doctor is going to need new friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show.”
Jodie Whittaker says: “I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”
Bradley Walsh says: “I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan. I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full length feature film made in glorious colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!”
Mandip Gill says: “I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family. This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings. Certain roles seem unattainable and this is one of those, so much so I didn’t believe it to be true for the first few weeks. To be working alongside the likes of Jodie, Bradley and my old friend Tosin is thrilling. This show is worlds away from the work I’ve done previously and that’s the part that excites me the most.”
Tosin Cole says: “I’m grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team. I’m looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama says: “The casting of Mandip, Tosin and Bradley is a mark of the new creative ambition Chris is bringing to Doctor Who. He’s already made history with the casting of Jodie. These three new characters complete a new and utterly unmissable team aboard the Tardis.”
A BBC Studios production, Doctor Who will return to BBC One and BBC America for ten new fifty-minute episodes in Autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch.