— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) October 22, 2017
The historical news that Jodie Whittaker would be the Thirteenth Doctor was incredibly exciting, and almost immediately Doctor Who fans started speculating about who her companion would be. Could we see more of Bill Potts, who’s leaving us much too soon? Would it be too much to dream that maybe we would end up with two female leads on Doctor Who? Well, now we know who’ll be joining Whittaker’s Doctor on her new adventures and it turns out we’ll be seeing a party of four.
The BBC announced the Thirteenth Doctor will be joined by an all new cast, with Bradley Walsh as Graham, Tosin Cole as Ryan, Mandip Gill as Yasmin, and Sharon D. Clarke in a reoccurring role. While Walsh had been rumored to play the male companion to Whittaker’s Doctor, many sources are taking the announcement to mean that this Doctor will have three companions—not unlike Hartnell in the show’s first season or the Fourth Doctor.
Executive producer and head writer Chris Chibnall says:
“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.”
Walsh also talked about his love for the show, and his incredible excitement. “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,” he says. “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!”
Gill says she’s “over the moon,” adding, “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.”
The new season of Doctor Who begins with a feature length hour Fall 2018, for a ten week run of fifty-minute episodes. Are you excited to see this new cast?
(via DoctorWhoTV, image: BBC)
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