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October 23rd, 2017 142 comments

Series 11 Cast – Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill

Meet the cast on the all new series of Doctor Who!

When Jodie Whittaker takes over as the Thirteenth Doctor on the global hit show next year, she will be joined by an all new regular cast.

BBC announces today (October 10, 2017) that Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will line-up as the new regular cast on Doctor Who.

Bradley will star as Graham, Tosin will play Ryan and Mandip will play Yasmin.

Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke.

New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role, is also shaking up who will travel with the Doctor in the TARDIS, with a team of new characters.

In more exclusive news, it is confirmed that the new series will be a ten week run of fifty minute episodes in Autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch.

Chris Chibnall says : “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 Whittaker says : “I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”

Bradley Walsh says : “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 says : “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.”

Tosin Cole says : “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.”

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, BBC Studios says : “I am thrilled to welcome Bradley, Mandip and Tosin to the new Who family. Working with three such talented actors is going to be a lot of fun. The Doctor is in fine company.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama says : “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.”

Doctor Who is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and a BBC AMERICA co-production. BBC Worldwide are the international distributors for Doctor Who.


142 comments

  • Mr Smith 07

    October 24th, 2017 - 1:24pm

    I feel the same, that they’ve got the wrong actor in the wrong role. Bradley Walsh would have been a great Doctor. I thought he was good in Law and Order UK. Maybe too close to Capaldi in age to have been his immediate successor.

    Here’s my choice for Doctor, Suranne Jones. Yes I know she’s been in it before but that’s never been a problem in the past.

  • Mr Smith 07

    October 24th, 2017 - 1:16pm

    I’ve had that feeling for a while now. That “bad feeling about this” feeling has now turned to apathy.

  • Anonymous

    October 24th, 2017 - 12:42pm

    What!

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    October 24th, 2017 - 12:23pm

    Bradley Walsh remembers watching Doctor Who back in the 1960’s, and watching the Hartnell era….So I wonder what his favourite story from that era is…’The Chase’ ?

  • Pats86

    October 24th, 2017 - 11:59am

    No it was the same lame programme you were watching Doctor Stu. We will have to agree to disagree.

  • Pats86

    October 24th, 2017 - 11:57am

    At least they haven’t brought back John Barrowman, that would have been the final straw for me.

  • Doctor Stu

    October 24th, 2017 - 11:56am

    I feel like Bradley Walsh will be the bumbling companion who just stumbles into the TARDIS after it inevitably crash lands after capaldis regeneration. Jodie was brilliant in trust me, she played a whole host of different emotions extremely well, the panic, the fear, you could see her being torn apart inside we must have been watching a different program

  • Pats86

    October 24th, 2017 - 11:54am

    The worst thing that could happen is it flops and gets cancelled.

  • Pats86

    October 24th, 2017 - 11:51am

    After seeing Jodie in ‘Trust Me” I can’t say I’m confident but I may be proved wrong. Bradley as the Doctor? Yes I do believe that would have been a decent choice.

  • R1ch1e

    October 24th, 2017 - 11:12am

    Precisely

  • When The Doctor Was Me

    October 24th, 2017 - 9:43am

    Quality over quantity!

  • Mick181

    October 24th, 2017 - 6:16am

    My money is on Clarke being the primary Foe, wether its Missy regenerated or an all new antagonist or a new version of an old one, a new Valeyard anyone?

  • Elephant

    October 24th, 2017 - 5:23am

    Absolutely, To me Jodie Whittaker seems a bland choice for the Doctor, if they were going for a female doctor they could have picked one with some degree of charm and charisma and I think too many companions will take the shine away from her as the Doctor.

  • Rikki Krystal

    October 24th, 2017 - 3:27am

    So True

  • T.A

    October 23rd, 2017 - 9:47pm

    Agreed.

  • The Drums The Never Ending Drum Beat

    October 23rd, 2017 - 8:50pm

    Ok first of all I like a Bradley Walsh has been cast I really do but there’s just one problem he would have been better as the actual doctor not just a companion and that’s always the problem they use the wrong actors almost all the time for the wrong roles

  • THE ERGON

    October 23rd, 2017 - 7:48pm

    By that i was referring to bradley walsh not john barrowman.

  • THE ERGON

    October 23rd, 2017 - 7:46pm

    But thats just one persona. People in light entertainment like to have more than one string to their bow. He can be cheeky game show host one week and serious actor the next. They aren,t constrained to one thing. Look at john Barrowman as a good example. I believe he,s still doing ‘the chase’ as well as who.

  • T.A

    October 23rd, 2017 - 7:23pm

    Is the budget the same as before?

  • T.A

    October 23rd, 2017 - 7:22pm

    Why not? BECAUSE OF THE CHASE!!!

  • Doctor Who Insider

    October 23rd, 2017 - 6:47pm

    Doctor Stu I agree. The Eaters of Light is for me very underrated.

  • Doctor Stu

    October 23rd, 2017 - 6:39pm

    I quite liked the eaters of light even though it wasn’t the best episode but oh yes in the forest of the night was I think the worst bit of tv I’ve ever seen followed closely by sleep no more, I’ve never re watched those two episodes and never plan to.

  • Doctor Stu

    October 23rd, 2017 - 6:37pm

    If they’re not related or connected in any way and all stand as individuals then it gives a good ‘who’s going to survive until the end of the series’ scenario. I hope there’s some shock deaths this time and actual risk taking that pays off instead of the old companion death and resurrection a week later plot

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    October 23rd, 2017 - 6:09pm

    Perhaps you will like it and perhaps you won’t, Josh Smith, but come on, give it a go. What’s the worst that could happen? 🙂

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    October 23rd, 2017 - 6:08pm

    You’re perfectly entitled to not like it (despite there not being a single episode yet) but it’s still Doctor Who regardless. If I disagree with a decision made in Star Wars, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer Star Wars. I just wanted to put that out there.

  • THE ERGON

    October 23rd, 2017 - 6:07pm

    If there are any split episodes it could be cost saving for better CGI, props and sets.

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    October 23rd, 2017 - 6:03pm

    That was my first thought too and it’s certainly possible. However, if I had to bet on it, I’d go for a new character.

  • whovian

    October 23rd, 2017 - 4:59pm

    There is both good and bad parts of 3 companions:
    Pros:
    A fresh new look to the series as a whole.

    The Doctor may need some good friends to rely on after she regenerates.

    A possible family structure if Walsh’s character is the younger ones’ dad.

    A throw back to the classic series.

    Cons:

    The Doctor being overshadowed like people felt happened with Clara.

    Arguing where to travel to, one says the future, one says the past and another says a planet.

    The characters being so annoying that the audience becomes uncaring whether a character lives or dies.

  • JasonisnotaRobot

    October 23rd, 2017 - 4:23pm

    Maybe now there are less episodes we will get less filler e.g. In the Forest of the Night, Eaters of Light?

  • Randfolphini

    October 23rd, 2017 - 4:04pm

    hmmm 3 companions, a new doctor, less episodes, will be that be enough for all of them to have significant roles?

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