Before he was announced as one of the new faces joining Jodie Whittaker aboard the TARDIS for Series 11, British actor Tosin Cole, who’ll be playing Ryan, had a short but impressive CV.
His first major role was in a theatre production called Wasted!, a modern reinterpretation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, which was produced by Intermission Youth Theatre; a company which specialises in reimagining Shakespearian texts by interspersing his original language with street rhetoric, creating contemporary interpretations of some of his beloved plays.
Intermission continues to use Shakespeare’s work to help enhance the lives of 15-25 year-olds who are at risk of offending or are lacking in opportunities, by engaging their dramatic creativity and confidence, raising their ambitions and aspirations, as well as developing their critical thinking skills to better prepare them for making life choices.
Cole’s first television appearance was in 2010 BBC teen soap, The Cut before he went on to play Sol Levi in Eastenders spin-off show, Eastenders:E20. During his time on the show Cole was tasked with learning to dance for a routine he would perform in front of professional dance group Flawless in the series finale. Showing a level of understatement, he described the experience as ‘very, very, very stressful.’
In 2011, Cole was cast in his highest profile role so far as Neil Cooper in Hollyoaks, which also starred Mandip Gill, who’ll play fellow new Doctor Who companion Yasmin.
Cole also had a brief but exciting role as X-Wing pilot Lt Bastian in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Meaning he’ll join a select group of actors who have had roles in both Star Wars and Doctor Who alongside Warwick Davies, Felicity Jones, and Darth Vader himself David Prowse.
Speaking about joining Doctor Who, Cole 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.”
On Sunday the BBC confirmed that Series 11 of Doctor Who will air in Autumn 2018 starting with a special hour-long show for the launch.