The official Doctor Who Twitter account has announced three new cast members.
Confirming recent rumours, Bradley Walsh will join the show in series 11 as Graham. Tosin Cole will play Ryan and Mandip Gill has been cast as Yasmin.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) October 22, 2017
Gill may be best known for her three year role on ‘Hollyoaks’ and medical drama ‘The Good Karma Hospital’. Cole has also appeared in ‘Hollyoaks’ and had a minor role in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ as Lieutenant Bastian.
“The new Doctor is going to need new friends,” said incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall, “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 Thirteenth Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker, had choice words too. “I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”
Walsh will be a familiar face to many for his numerous television appearances as an actor and presenter. He was the lead in ‘Law and Order: UK’ alongside fellow Doctor Who alum Freema Agyeman and Peter Davison. Walsh is probably best known these days as the host of daytime gameshow ‘The Chase‘.
On joining the long-running series, Walsh 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 color. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!”
As well as the TARDIS trio joining Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor, Sharon D Clarke was also announced in a recurring role. Probably best known for her theatre work, including 2011’s musical adaptation of ‘Ghost’, the exact nature of Clarke’s role has yet to be confirmed.
The BBC also confirmed that series 11 will air in Autumn 2018 with production expected to start soon. We also learn that the run will comprise ten 50-minute episodes with an hour long season opener.