A few new friends will be helping out the Doctor this season. The BBC just announced the new castings for “Doctor Who,” giving Doctor Jodie Whittaker (“Broadchurch”) a new right-hand man.
Bradley Walsh (“Coronation Street”) is reportedly up to play the Doctor’s male companion, though his role hasn’t been officially confirmed. Tosin Cole (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Mandip Gill (“Hollyoaks”) are also boarding the sci-fi series as Ryan and Yasmin, whose characters also haven’t been expanded upon. Sharon D. Clarke (“Holby City”) will join the series in a “recurring role.” According to Variety, showrunner Chris Chibnall (“Broadchurch”) said of the trio:
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.
Walsh is a staple of British TV, hosting the gameshows “The Chase” and “Wheel of Fortune” and appearing on “Coronation Street” from 2004-2006, according to the BBC. Cole featured in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as Lieutenant Bastian (aka X-wing pilot Red Four). Gill starred in “Hollyoaks,” from 2012-2015; Clarke is best known for her role as Lola Griffin and June Singleton in “Holby City” from 2003-2008.
Whittaker is taking over the role of the Doctor from Peter Capaldi (“The Thick of It”), who bowed out last season. She was chosen by Chibnall, who’s taking over from previous showrunner Steven Moffat (“Sherlock”); Moffat and Chibnall both worked with Whittaker on “Broadchurch,” where she played grieving mother Beth Latimer.
According to The Radio Times, “Doctor Who” returns fall 2018 with a 10-episode lineup. The premiere episode with be feature-length.