Next fall fans will get to fully welcome the thirteenth version of the Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, for the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who, but she won’t be alone. The BBC has now announced the brand new cast for the 11th series of the show since it’s rebooted return in 2005.
Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor will be joined by Bradley Walsh as Graham, Mandip Gill as Yasmin and Tosin Cole as Ryan as the regular cast for the series. Sharon D Clarke will also appear in a recurring role.
“The new Doctor is going to need new friends,” new head writer & executive producer Chris Chibnall said. “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.”
While the modern series has mainly focused on one featured female companion for most of the ten series, multiple companions is nothing new to the show as a whole. Modern Doctor Who has dabbled with two (briefly three a few times) companions travelling with the Doctor but it was much more common in prior series of the show in the classic Who era.
“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,” Gill said. “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.”
“I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself,” Walsh said. “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!”
Alongside the casting news it was also revealed that the series will return in the fall of 2018 for a ten week run of fifty minute episodes, with the first episode being a full hour in length.