Tosin Cole, Doctor Who’s own Ryan Sinclair, is heading to America as the star of AMC’s 61st Street

Tosin Cole is currently midway through his second season as the Doctor’s companion Ryan. But he’s already scored the main role in a major new US drama. 61st Street is from American network AMC, home of shows like The Walking Dead and Preacher. And it’s cast Cole as Moses Johnson, a Chicago high schooler literally on the fast track to a promising future. But when a random encounter with a police officer ends in tragedy, Johnson feels the full weight of a police department wanting revenge.

Determined to prove his innocence, Johnson finds an ally in crusading defence attorney Franklin Roberts (American Crime Story’s Courtney B Vance). Roberts has entered semi-retirement to care for his autistic son but returns to the fray one last time. He sees in Johnson the opportunity to expose the institutional racism of the Chicago Police Department. Bentley Green (Snowfall) also stars as Johnson’s young brother.

So confident are AMC in 61st Street that they have already commission the second season. Each episode will comprise eight episodes with the first season debuting in 2021. The show is being written by Peter Moffat (that’s the BAFTA winning writer of The Night Of, not the director of The Twin Dilemma). It’s executive produced by Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed) and Alana Mayo of Outlier Society and produced by AMC Studios.

Over the past few months Jodie Whittaker has stated in a number of interviews that she’s definitely returning. So the Thirteenth Doctor will star in the thirteenth series. But word has still been quiet on how many of her Fam she’s bringing with her. With Tosin Cole’s move to America for 61st Street, and the companions being put through the wringer like never before this series, fans face an anxious wait to find out.

Doctor Who - S12E04 - Nikola Telsa's Night of Terror - Ryan (Future 61st Street star TOSIN COLE) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ben Blackall
Ryan (TOSIN COLE) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Ben Blackall

Doctor Who continues at 7.10pm this Sunday on with Fugitive of the Judoon

Ko Sho Blo! Trigger-happy space police the Judoon are targeting 21st-century Gloucester. The Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Graham race back to Earth in order to prevent them doing too much damage to the cathedral city. But who are they looking for, and what did they do to incur the wrath of the Judoon?

Starring Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Tosin Cole (Ryan). Fugitive of the Judoon guest stars Neil Stuke (Lee), Jo Martin (Ruth) and Ritu Arya (Gat) with Nicholas Birggs as the Voice of the Judoon. Written by Vinay Patel (Demons of the Punjab) and directed by Jamie Magnus Stone (Spyfall Part One).

 

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