BBC Announce Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill Cast as Jodie Whittaker’s Companions

Meet the new TARDIS team as the BBC have announced who will be joining Jodie Whittaker when she takes over as the Doctor.

Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will line-up as the new regular cast. Walsh will star as Graham, Cole will play Ryan and Gill will play Yasmin. Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke.

What’s more, the BBC have confirmed that the new series will be made up of ten fifty-minute episodes and will air in Autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch.

New showrunner Chris Chibnall said:

“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.”

The Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker added:

“I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”

Walsh has long been rumoured to be boarding the TARDIS and has worked with Chibnall before on Law & Order: UK.

He said:

“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!”

Meanwhile Gill, who played Hollyoaks’ Phoebe Jackson, said:

“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.”

Cole, whose acting credits include the role of Neil Cooper in Hollyoaks and a brief appearance in the 2015 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens as the X-Wing pilot Lt. Bastian, said:

“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.”

Clarke, an actress and singer, is best known for playing Lola Griffin in medical drama Holby City.

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, BBC Studios said he was “thrilled to welcome Bradley, Mandip and Tosin to the new Who family” while 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.”

  • Coopergreg

    First and Fifth Doctor dynamic! Looking forward to it!

    • Frank Danes

      Yeah!

  • Joe Siegler

    Did they actually announce them as “companions”? I didn’t see that anywhere, just that they’re in the cast. Could be your companion friends and family like we’ve gotten a lot in NuWho.

    • Frank Danes

      Is Sharon D. Clarke playing a mother, a la Jackie Tyler?

      • DonnaM

        That was my instant thought too. Unfortunately 🙂

        • Bob James

          She IS playing Jackie Tyler. She’s just, you know, changed.

    • kwijino

      That group shot makes me think it’s a “Sarah Jane Adventures” remake. =)

  • Nigel Webb

    so we started with 13 episodes a year (excluding Christmas special), then went down to 12 a few years back. and now down to 10 a year (albeit with 5 minutes extra in each episode). so we will be getting less Doctor Who from now on which isn’t great 🙁

    • Frank Danes

      I agree. Ten episodes a year and, again, more than a year to wait between series. Merchandisers have pointed out again and again to the BBC that it is impossible to sell merchandise when there is no show on the air to support it… but that’s management for you. What should you do with a show that is an international smash hit and pays for itself five times over? Why, don’t make it and cut the number of episodes!

    • DonnaM

      I’m less bothered by quantity than I am by quality to be honest. I’d sooner have a little great Doctor Who than an endless stream of mediocrity.

    • FrancoPabloDiablo

      Well, less episodes of this farce can only be a good thing IMO. It won’t take 12 or 13 episodes for the stunt castings to wear thin viewer-wise. The sooner we can relegate this ‘progressive’ era of the show to the bin beside Dimensions In Time the better. What is the motivation for creating strong, original, positive female characters when you can just gender-bend all the established male ones! Way to go feminism – you f*cking rock!!!

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    Yep, most neccessary PC boxes ticked there I see. What a shock! Good luck to any of you watching this farce and spoof!

    • Frank Danes

      What a nasty comment. Great to see two black companions and a white middle aged male joining the crew who isn’t playing the Doctor! The show continues its radicalism, as started back in 1963, with a Jewish woman producing and a gay Asian directing. WHO was “ticking PC boxes” at the beginning and quite right too. What exactly is your objection to black companions?

      • FrancoPabloDiablo

        No objections at all whatsoever. Where did I state I had a problem with Black companions? I merely stated I thought the casting checked most of the BBC’s diversity boxes. Loved Mickey, Martha and most recently Bill. My problem is the ‘reason’ for the casting. Just as Chib has openly said he only ever intended to cast a female Doctor I think the same might therefor be true of these casting choices. Nothing against the actors and actresses involved but the agenda-driven casting is hard to escape. And you are right, the show is continuing is radicalism, only sadly it is liberal feminazi radicalism. And another thought, is Chibs deliberatley overcrowding the TARDIS to deflect the attention away from a the fact a LOT of people aren’t on board for a female Doctor?

        • ThePurpleFrockCoat

          Good point. I commend the BBC for diversifying but I wonder if this is a bit tad much? I am thrilled there is an Asian/Indian companion though.

        • DonnaM

          Personally thought he might be cramming in so many characters in the hope that he can leave ’em all as one-dimensional cut-outs and have the excuse that “I haven’t got time to make them all well-rounded, credible individuals, have I?”
          No, I’m still not enthused about the new head honcho’s capabilities…

          • Simon Danes

            On the other hand, if one of them turns out to be an Adric Redux (possible Acid Reflux?), then they can do a Nyssa on them and send them to sleep for a few episodes.
            Or are we back to the days of, “Now, now, my boy, let’s just split up! See you in six weeks! Tee hee!”

        • Frank Danes

          Dear FrancoPabloDiablo, I’m very sorry for implying racism and of course accept that you’re not racist. Apologies. It was a misunderstanding of your post that “most necessary PC boxes ticked there” – there are some people who think that casting black actors is PC.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            No problem at all. Apology accepted but really not needed in the first place as you have nothing to apologise for. I enjoy the debate.

          • Simon Danes

            Never trust this man (Frank Danes, he is known as) or anyone related to him.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            So, just never trust a Dane then eh? 🙂 So how can I, or anyone else, trust you?!?!

          • Frank Danes

            There is nothing like a Dane (cf “South Pacific”)…

          • Philip

            Oh, well that’s just *great*!

            … Great Dane? No? Fine.

          • Frank Danes

            This man is a robot replica made by the Daleks who have learnt nothing from their attempt to make a robot replica of the first Doctor in “The Chase” (“Yes, yes. Infiltrate and kill! Tee hee!”). He looks quite like me but is an imposter.

        • Jack Ashcraft

          I suspect it is an attempt to take some of the attention off his identity casting for the main character. All it really did is expose what appears to be even more identity casting.

      • Coopergreg

        Agree. I saw them as who they were in the photo, and a good cross section of society in the 21st century. As long as they can act well (which Bradley Walsh can, I’ve not come across the others before), and are well written for I don’t give a damn whether they are White, Black, Asian, Straight, Gay, Disabled etc etc. It matters not.

        • FrancoPabloDiablo

          I too don’t care whether they are white, black, asian, straight, gay, disabled etc etc. My concern, as I’ve mentioned, is the reasoning and agenda behind the casting. Are you seriously trying to tell me that chib (and/or whoever else was invloved) had no agenda when casting these characters? Just like no man, black or white, gay or straight, disabled or not was ever going to be considered for the role of the Doctor. People aren’t stupid, they can tell when liberal crap is being shoved down their throats. Besides, I shouldn’t be too concerned as I won’t be watching this farce. Rather watch Fear Her or The Twin Dilemma.

          • Frank Danes

            What is “liberal crap”? What does that mean?

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            If you don’t know then I can’t help you. I’ve explained my reasoning for my concern. If you seriously can’t even detect the slightest hint of liberal crap shoehorned into episodes under Moff’s tenure then what do you want me to do? I’m not your parent or teacher.

          • kwijino

            I know what you mean, Franco.

            Frank, try these out:

            http://nypost.com/2017/10/21/the-other-half-of-america-that-the-liberal-media-doesnt-cover/

            Stereotyping is bad, except for science fiction show runners who seem to think whatever generalizations they have of the not-woke populace in Western civilizations.

            In Star Trek, we had Ben Sisko and Kathryn Janeway. They were people of authority, and if you didn’t like them, that was your problem. They did the show without constantly referring to evil men or evil white people. This year’s Wonder Woman did a great job of not turning Steve Trevor into a helpless male who needed rescuing all the time a la the 1970s tv series.

            In SJW material, men and whites constantly need to be shown as inferior for not believing the nonsense of the day. We have been lectured at all our lives and we’re getting rather tired of it, hence the backlash.

          • Jack Ashcraft

            Well, one thing we can take some consolation in: this parody of DW won’t last long. The cloister bell has already been ringing, and all that remains is cancellation. DW will die a quick death.

  • DonnaM

    Hmm, I’m not quite sure what to make of this…
    I wasn’t a fan of the Fifth Doctor’s era – too many cooks, and some of them seemingly deliberately unlikeable (to me at least – other opinions, as ever, are available). And I’m not wholly convinced by the new showrunner’s back catalogue that he can balance several leading characters and give them all the desirable combination of form and function.
    It’s a shift in the dynamic, certainly. I just wonder if a more softly-softly approach – change one thing, do it right, people will be reassured for the next change – wouldn’t be a more sensible approach?

    • ThePurpleFrockCoat

      My first thought was crowded TARDIS and can they all get airtime in a 50 min format?

      • DonnaM

        It would take a very skilled writer with a flair for incisive dialogue to pull that one off, I suspect!

        • ThePurpleFrockCoat

          I wish them nothing but luck. If it doesn’t work out, one of them is going to be dumped ala Adric or Dodo.

    • reTARDISed

      I think this casting announcement shows a certain lack of confidence in the leading lady’s abilities. Why are so many companions needed? As you note, there will not be the space in each episode to give them all something useful to do — unless Chibnall really is planning a long, over-arching story for the whole series. Even then, the Davison years inspire uncertainty that this strategy will work — and the Davison TARDIS team was marred by very poor writing for much of the time…

  • The Lazy Womble

    I do seem to be doing a lot of fence sitting at the moment. But my thought is “let’s see what they do with them”.

  • Frank Danes

    Well, let’s wait and see…

    • The Lazy Womble

      I agree. After all, we cannot really do much else.

  • Rick714

    The wording us still somewhat vague as to whether all three will become strictly companions in the Tardis. Good writing can make any group sense f companions work. Davison did not have that luxury for the most part but Hartnell did. We’ll see.

    Originally, they said ten hour long eps and now it’s down to ten 50 minute eps. Wonder how long it’ll be before it’s busted down to three 90 minute movies every other year? Well, fingers crossed.

  • Gary Soanes

    This site has descended into a hot bed of negativity & ugly cynicism. I realise a large number of people who may be uncertain, or are plainly opposed to Jodie Whittaker’s casting feel the need to vent their frustration & hostility at every given opportunity ,but what I cannot understand is the mentality of people who are dismissing this change of direction without even waiting , or wanting to view the outcome & putting out silly statements like the 2017 Christmas special is “the last ever episode of Doctor Who”. Now I cannot predict the future , so I cannot know whether Chibnall’s Who will be a massive success or a miserable failure, but at least I will give it a shot. A new era dawns & personally having been a fan of this show since 1970 I think Jodie & all the new cast & production team deserve their chance to shine & not to be prejudged because of gender or a preconceived notion of ” liberal / PC box ticking “

    • Bob James

      I don’t have to wait for the car accident/wreck to know it’s going to be a bad thing. I don’t need to wait and see what happens to a person who jumps off of a very high roof and see when they hit the concrete, to know the end result won’t be pleasant. I wouldn’t call my reticence to do either a lack of an open mind. Some people might go to a descriptive extreme here, but there are those of us who are just possessed of the conviction that this will not work, that it will not end well. This just openly reeks of overtly PC, gerrymandering, box ticking casting. And that sort of approach won’t do anything to further diversity, inclusiveness, or equality. That’s just like putting a temporary bandage on a problem that requires a surgery. This whole exercise reeks of that. Middle aged white men doing their agenda driven best to strike a blow for a bold new future. Yeah, that will work, for sure.

      • Gary Soanes

        I’m sorry you feel that way Bob.

        • Bob James

          Believe me, so am I.

      • Jack Ashcraft

        From what I’ve seen, the sentiment those of us who see this farce for what it is has actually been growing since the announcement, and it is both men and women. Some of us see through this identity casting stunt and simply refuse to support the destruction of a program we’ve all loved for 30 plus years (for most of us). It isn’t closed mindedness. We’d much rather support the program we knew and loved, rather than the farcical parody of those who are destroying it.

        I will not watch the Christmas special, nor a single minute of the new season, and I’ve also ceased purchasing merchandise connected to the show. It pains me to do so, but it is an imperative.

        • FrancoPabloDiablo

          At least watch the Christmas special. It truly is the show’s final episode and bookends the series nicely with the first and final Doctors fighting side by side. Sure, change channel when Capaldi begins to regenerate. And just think of all the money you are saving by not buying into and financing this epic failure.

          • Jack Ashcraft

            I can’t do that, my friend. I refuse to support the show at all anymore. Maybe if they find some way to write this farce off as a dream or lie or whatever I’ll come back to the show, but sadly I’m really, really done. The Christmas special is rumored to have just as much SJW garbage as the other episodes, so no thanks. The Doctor, for me, is dead. He died refusing to regenerate.

    • Philip

      Hey Gary. Sorry you feel that way. Tbf to us though, I don’t think the DWC is a negative place really. There are loads of writers behind the scenes, all of whom have very differing opinions, and we try to celebrate that. I hope you at least enjoy the content elsewhere on the DWC, in which we attempt to cover as much of DW history as possible. 🙂

  • Planet of the Deaf

    A late comment as I’ve been away, but concerned about introducing so many new characters. Five had 3 companions, which always felt like too many, and Adric had already spent several stories with Tom.

    10 * 50 is disappointing too, a rather “neither here not there” extra 5 minutes really, which probably makes it harder for commercial broadcasters to schedule, but gives little extra time

    • Philip

      I wondered where you’d been! Everything okay, Planet of the Deaf?

      • Planet of the Deaf

        Just on holiday thanks 🙂