So, who’s who in the new Who?
When Jodie Whittaker takes over as the Thirteenth Doctor on the science fiction show in early 2018, she will also be saving the universe alongside a new regular cast. The new series will be a ten week run of fifty minute-long episodes in Autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch.
Actors Bradley Walsh (Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street and DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order UK), Tosin Cole (X-Wing pilot Lt. Bastian in Star Wars The Force Awakens) and Mandip Gill (Phoebe Jackson in Hollyoaks) will line-up as the new regulars on Doctor Who.
Bradley will star as Graham, Tosin will play Ryan and Mandip will play Yasmin. Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke (Lola Griffin in Holby City). Word on the set is that Sharon will play a regenerated Missy.
Executive producer Chris Chibnall, who made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the No. 1 Timelord role, is also shaking up who will travel with the Doctor in the TARDIS.
Jodie Whittaker noted, “I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”
Chris Chibnall told SFcrowsnest, “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.”
Tosin Cole told us, “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.”
While Bradley Walsh said, “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 added, “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.”