Jodie Whittaker is set to debut the 13th Doctor in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special. She will then take over full-time when season 11 premieres in fall 2018. However, as any fan knows, a new Doctor also brings new companions and associates.
“The new Doctor is going to need new friends,” head writer Chris Chibnall told BBC.
With that in mind, BBC announced Bradley Walsh (Law and Order: UK), Tosin Cole (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks) will join the popular sci-fi series.
Walsh will play Graham, Cole will portray Ryan and Gill will be Yasmin. This is the only information currently available about their characters. Frankly, it hasn’t really been confirmed whether they will be friends or villains.
Sharon D. Clarke has also been cast in a returning role.
Walsh is a lifelong Doctor Who fan who expressed his excitement at the role.
“I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor,” he said. “Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself.”
Gill said she was “over the moon” to join the cast.
“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,” said Gill.
Cole is just as enthusiastic as his castmates.
“I’m grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team,” he said. “I’m looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe.”
Doctor Who Christmas Special airs on BBC and BBC America on Christmas Day. The new season of Doctor Who starring Jodie Whittaker premieres in fall 2018.