There is currently a companion-sized hole in the Doctor Who universe, and so rumors fly about which actors are up for filling it. One such rumor that seems really possible is that actress Rakhee Thakrar, known to UK audiences from her role on the popular soap EastEnders, could be the Doctor’s next companion!
According to the Radio Times, Thakrar is “on the list” for possible consideration as the Doctor’s next companion, and will soon be seen by the show’s producers:
According to a source, auditions are poised to begin for the part with Thakrar – who won plaudits from the soap’s producers and fans – in line for an audience with the producers.
Neither the BBC nor Thakrar’s agents would comment on the speculation, but if – and it’s a big if – she gets the gig, she would be the first non-white main companion since Freema Agyeman’s medic Martha Jones left David Tennant’s side back in 2008.
Considering that Mickey was the first person of color to even set foot on the TARDIS just before Martha, this would be a huge deal indeed. Especially since, as The Nerdy Bird points out, “British Indians make up the biggest ethno-national group in the UK.”
Clearly “according to a source” isn’t very specific, and so we have to take all this with a grain of salt. Still, she does have some free time now that her character, Shabnam Masood, recently left EastEnders in early February! Any British/Anglophile fans of Thakrar’s work out there wanna give us their two cents on this possible casting? Let’s talk about the possibilities in the comments below!
(via The Nerdy Bird, image via screencap)
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