The wait is over, BBC has officially announced the new cast to join Whittaker in the TARDIS for series 11. The tweet announcing the cast has thousands of likes from fans all over the world since its posting Sunday evening.
The new cast consists of Yasmin, played by Mandip Gill; Ryan, played by Tosin Cole; and Graham, played by Bradley Walsh.
Bradley Walsh, known for his work on Law & Order: UK and Coronation Street, has been rumoured to join the 13th Doctor as a companion for some time now. Finally those rumours have been confirmed. The actor is not new to the Whoniverse, however, having previously appeared on The Sarah Jane Adventures. Walsh also recalls watching the first Doctor’s journey through time. He claimed that though the show often scared him as a young man he still kept watching from behind his sofa. We don’t know much about his new character in series 11, aside from the character’s name, but fans are excited to see what this new companion will bring and how he will interact with the show’s first ever female regeneration of the Doctor.
Actor Tosin Cole, who has been cast as Ryan, is perhaps best known for playing Neil Cooper in Hollyoaks. He also played Lieutenant Bastian in the 2015 hit film Star War: Episode VII, so we shall see if his space travel experience helps him any in this new role. Fans may also recognise the actor from his work on EastEnders. Cole seems eager to take on the role and grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a legendary program.
Playing Yasmin is actress Mandip Gill, who has only started appearing on television since 2012. Her most prominent role being Phoebe Jackson in Hollyoaks. She has also played a role on the popular television series Doctors, but she is about to meet a whole other kind of Doctor when she joins the team for series 11 of Doctor Who. The actress was recently quoted as saying “This show is worlds away from the work I’ve done previously and that’s the part that excites me the most”.
Also joining the show will be Sharon D Clarke, who will be playing a ‘recurring role’. Clarke, an actress and singer, is best known for playing Lola Griffin in medical drama Holby City.
Meet the 13th Doctor’s new friends! Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), and Graham (Bradley Walsh) #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/6l9iVkvu0d
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) October 22, 2017
Radio Times quoted new show runner Chris Chibnall as stating:
“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.”
Bradley Walsh added:
“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 was also chuffed to be joining the TARDIS team:
“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.”
“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.”
Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, BBC Studios said of the casting:
“I am thrilled to welcome Bradley, Mandip and Tosin to the new Who family. Working with three such talented actors is going to be a lot of fun. The Doctor is in fine company.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama added:
“The casting of Mandip, Tosin and Bradley is a mark of the new creative ambition Chris is bringing to Doctor Who. He’s already made history with the casting of Jodie. These three new characters complete a new and utterly unmissable team aboard the Tardis.”
The TARDIS is going to be pretty full when Whittaker takes over. Hopefully this larger team dynamic and a mix of male and female characters travelling with the Doctor will meet with the approval of the fans of the long running program. All we can do for now is welcome them aboard the TARDIS, and wish them luck!