We had known since it was announced last year that the cast of Doctor Who was going to move on with the arrival of a new Doctor. Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who was revealed last July, but we had yet to discover who her companions were going to be moving forward with the Thirteenth Doctor.
Today it was announced by BBC who will be joining Jodie in the new incarnation of Doctor Who. Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill will be joining her in the new season. Sharon D. Clarke will be taking on a returning role in the new season.
When discussing the casting news, new head writer and producer Chris Chibhall had this to say:
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.”
Jodie Whitaker was equally ecstactic:
“I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”
The new casting is along the lines of what we’ve predicted was going to be a new innovative, boundary pushing era for the Doctor Who franchise. After Chris cast the first woman Doctor, it was a sign that things were going to take a less predictable direction moving forward. Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama agrees:
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.
BBC America also confirmed that the new season will be a ten-week run of fifty-minute episodes in Fall 2018, kicking off with a feature-length hour for the opening launch. What do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments below.