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.”