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January 1st, 2021 6 comments

John Bishop Boards the Tardis for Series 13

As he becomes embroiled in the Doctor’s adventures, Dan will quickly learn there’s more to the Universe(s) than he could ever believe. Travelling through Space and Time alongside the Doctor and Yaz, he’ll face evil alien races beyond his wildest nightmares.

Speaking about joining the show, John says: “If I could tell my younger self that one day I would be asked to step on board the TARDIS, I would never have believed it. It’s an absolute dream come true to be joining Doctor Who and I couldn’t wish for better company than Jodie and Mandip.”

Chris Chibnall, Showrunner, adds: “It’s time for the next chapter of Doctor Who, and it starts with a man called Dan. Oh, we’ve had to keep this one secret for a long, long time. Our conversations started with John even before the pandemic hit. The character of Dan was built for him, and it’s a joy to have him aboard the TARDIS.”

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, BBC Studios, says: “It’s been a total joy having John join the cast and we’ve been having a lot fun on set already. We can’t wait for you to meet Dan when the show returns later this year.”

Piers Wenger, Controller, BBC Drama, says: “We are beyond thrilled to have John Bishop joining Doctor Who. Alongside Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill, John is a wonderful addition to the show and we have no doubt that series 13 is going to be another thrilling set of adventures for the Doctor.”

The 13th series of Doctor Who began filming in November 2020.

John has already begun filming and will make his first appearance when the 13th series starts on BBC One later in 2021.


  • Gordon

    January 3rd, 2021 - 1:40am

    I’ve not seen any of his stand up but I’m willing to give him a go. His accent could be problematic for those in the us. I mean they even struggled with capaldi at first. Looking at his touring schedule he could just be a 1 season and done. From sep 2021 to April 2022 he’s busy on tour.

  • whovian

    January 2nd, 2021 - 11:40pm

    I personally think that John Bishop is a very good comedian and it’ll be interesting to see how he meets the Doctor and Yaz

    I just need an action figure of him now

  • Doctor Stu

    January 2nd, 2021 - 8:06pm

    So what was Matt Lucas? Or Bradley Walsh or Catherine Tate? Was that stunt casting as well?

  • THEM!

    January 2nd, 2021 - 5:40pm

    So, here we go again, welcome to the ‘stunt casting’ that existed during the John Nathan Turner days. I’ll be so glad when Chibnall’s time is over.

  • Anonymous

    January 2nd, 2021 - 11:44am

    Should be good.

  • Judooning

    January 1st, 2021 - 9:40pm

    Great guy. Very much looking forward to him being in the show.