BBC has announced the new cast members joining the next Time Lord in the long-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who.
Joining Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor of the series, is Bradley Walsh (playing Graham), Tosin Cole (playing Ryan), Mandip Gill (playing Yasmin) and Sharon D Clarke.
“The new Doctor is going to need new friends,” said new head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, taking over from Steven Moffat. “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.”
The new series of Doctor Who will hold a ten-week run of fifty-minute episodes and will kick off with an hour-long episode. The series will begin in Autumn 2018 in the UK (Spring in Australia).
“I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor,” Walsh said in a statement. “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!”
“I’m grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team,” said Cole. “I’m looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe.”
“I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family,” added Gill. “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.”
Peter Capaldi’s last outing as the Doctor will be in Twice Upon a Time, this year’s upcoming Christmas special.