With less than two months to go before the world is officially introduced to the new Doctor on Doctor Who, the BBC has announced three additional cast members who will join in her travels. That’s right, not only will Jodie Whitaker be playing the first female incarnation of the Doctor, the show will also be shaking up the traditional “companion” role, as well.
Actors Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill will all be part of the main cast when the new season of Doctor Who premieres next year.
Not much is known about the new castmates, but Walsh’s character is named Graham, while Cole will play Ryan, and Gill will play a character named Yasmin.
Actress Sharon D. Clarke will also be joining the cast in what’s described as a “returning role,” which may actually mean “recurring role.”
Walsh is best known for his lead role on Law & Order: UK, while Gill and Cole were both previously cast members on the British soap opera Hollyoaks.
Doctor Who is undergoing a major shakeup in advance of its new season; not only is current Doctor Peter Capaldi leaving the show, longtime showrunner Steven Moffat is departing, as well.
Incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall seems determined to keep things fresh, bringing in three supporting cast members alongside Whitaker’s new Doctor.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin, and Bradley to the Doctor Who family,” says Chibnall. “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.”
Another new detail confirmed today is the length and schedule for the new season: ten new 50-minute episodes will premiere in Autumn 2018, starting with an hour-long premiere.
Fans can get their first look at Whitaker’s Doctor when she makes her debut in this year’s annual Doctor Who Christmas special, guest-starring David Bradley as the First Doctor.