When Jodie Whittaker takes over as the 13th Doctor show next year, she will be joined by a new cast. BBC had announced that Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole will line-up as new casts on Doctor Who. Bradley will play Graham, which has been rumored to be the new Doctor Who companion, Tosin will play the role of Ryan and Mandip will play the character of Yasmin. Joining this series is Sharon D Clarke. Here is what Chris Chibnall who will take over for the head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, has to say:
“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 had made a decision to cast the first woman in this role, is shaking up who will travel with Doctor in the TARDIS, with a team of characters. It has also been confirmed that the series will be a 10 week run of 50 minute episodes in Autumn 2018, and kick off with a feature-length hour for its launch. Here is what Jodie Whittaker had to say:
“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 a farewell in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, where Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is to be introduced. BBC had released a trailer at Comic-Con 2017, and we may have a few more footages. Here is what Bradley Walsh had to say:
“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 a negative backlash to Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the first female Time Lord, but this has died down. Whether or not this backlash will re-ignite is yet to be seen. This is what Mandip Gill had to say:
“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 is , “grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team,” and that he is “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 is 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 is the international distributor for Doctor Who. BBC had released a photo of Jodie Whittaker with her castmates.