Three new companions announced for Doctor Who series 11
It seems the TARDIS is going to be quite crowded when Jodie Whittaker takes over as the Thirteenth Doctor. Joining her for series 11 next year will be three new companions.
The previously rumoured Bradley Walsh will indeed be joining Whittaker as Graham, alongside Mandip Gill as Yasmin and Godin Cole as Ryan. The casting was announced on the official BBC Doctor Who Twitter feed last night.
Incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall made the following statement.
“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.”
Sharon D Clarke has been confirmed as a recurring character, though any details, including her character's name, have yet to be revealed.
Bradley Walsh also added:
“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!”
Mandip Gill also commented on her casting in the show.
“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.”
Finally, Godin Cole added:
“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.”
The BBC has also confirmed that series 11 will consist of 10 50 minute episodes in Autumn 2019, starting with a full hour opener.