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Bernard Cribbins wants Wilf to join Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor

We may already know who’ll be travelling with the Thirteenth Doctor, but one former Doctor Who star has indicated that he’d be up for more adventures in the TARDIS – despite having somehow missed the original announcement of Peter Capaldi’s successor completely.

Bernard Cribbins played recurring character Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of Tenth Doctor companion Donna Noble, during the fourth series of Doctor Who.

Speaking yesterday at the MCM London Comic Con, Cribbins revealed his surprise at the news that Doctor Who would be getting its first female incarnation of the Doctor:

“The next Doctor Who? I haven’t heard anything about this. Truly, I didn’t know anything about it. I thought they were going to have a lady, weren’t they?

“They are having one? You see I’m out of touch with it really.”

Although he’d just learnt the news, it seems that the casting decision had instantly secured Cribbins’ seal of approval:

“I think it’s good – I think it’s great that a lady’s gonna do it. I really do.

“Because we’ve had a lot of gentlemen and they’ve all been successful, but you know – I think a lady might give it another kick again. Great. Super.”

And talking about Wilf, who was last seen in the 2009-10 two-part special The End of Time, Cribbins revealed that he would welcome a return to the role, particularly in light of the Thirteenth Doctor news:

“He was a very caring, kind, compassionate man, you know. I loved him, he was great.

“I’d love to do Wilf again. Somebody have a word, I’ll be on to look after that young lady who’s about to start!”

Time will tell as to whether we’ll see Wilf join the Thirteenth Doctor – but until then she won’t be short of company with Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Graham (Bradley Walsh) set to complete the TARDIS team for the eleventh series of Doctor Who, due to air in Autumn 2018.

[Source: Radio Times]