When Jodie Whittaker takes over as the Thirteenth Doctor on the global hit show Doctor Who next year, she will be joined by an all new regular cast. BBC announces today that Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will line-up as the new regular cast on Doctor Who. Bradley will star as Graham, rumored to be the new Doctor Who companion, Tosin will play Ryan and Mandip will play Yasmin. Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke. Here's what Chris Chibnall, who takes over for the departing head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, had to say in a statement.
"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."
New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role, is also shaking up who will travel with the Doctor in the TARDIS, with a team of new characters. In more exclusive news, it is confirmed that the new series will be a ten week run of fifty minute episodes in Autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch. Here's what star Jodie Whittaker had to say in a brief statement.
"I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It's a dream team!"
The current Time Lord, played by Peter Capaldi, will have his farewell during the Doctor Who Christmas Special, where Jodie Whittaker's Doctor will be introduced. BBC released a trailer during Comic-Con 2017, but hopefully we'll have more footage soon. Here's what Bradley Walsh had to say about joining the Doctor Who cast.
"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!"
There was quite a bit of negative backlash to Jodie Whittaker's casting as the first female Time Lord, but it seems that has died down for now. Whether or not the backlash will re-ignite during the Christmas special remains to be seen. Here's what Mandip Gill had to say in a statement about joining the cast.
"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 added that he's, "grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team," and that he's "looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe." Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, BBC Studios stated that he's "thrilled to welcome Bradley, Mandip and Tosin to the new Who family. Working with three such talented actors is going to be a lot of fun. The Doctor is in fine company." Here's what Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama said in his statement.
"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."
Doctor Who is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and a BBC America co-production. BBC Worldwide are the international distributors for Doctor Who. BBC also released a new photo of Jodie Whittaker alongside her new castmates. Take a look at the new photo below, as we wait for more details from this upcoming season of Doctor Who.