Doctor Who’s 13th Doctor Gets Some Companions and Friends
The supporting cast for Doctor Who’s newest Doctor got announced on Sunday, and the gender flipping is working both ways.
Over the weekend, Doctor Who announced via Instagram that the newest iteration of the TARDIS team is going to continue the show’s choice to gender flip for the newest cast. We’ve got a (relatively) young looking female Doctor, so she’s getting…a male companion so old, he remembers when the show first started. (Not unlike Doctor Who‘s now-departing 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi.)
But he’s not the only one joining Team TARDIS. As for Davies and Moffat did before, new showrunner Chris Chibnal is bringing in a full complement of casting to fill out the adventures in Time and Space.
Bradley Walsh is a lifelong fan of the show, and for those who watched all the different reboot spin-offs, if you think he looks familiar, it’s because he does. He played villain Elijah Spellman in The Sarah Jane Adventures. In the UK, he’s best known as a game show host, including their version of like Wheel of Fortune. His other major role was as Danny Baldwin on the long-running soap Coronation Street.
According to the BBC, his first Doctor was the First Doctor.
“I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself.”
As for the younger co-stars, Mandip Gill is best known for starring as Phoebe McQueen in Hollyoaks. For her, like many young actresses, this will be her major breakout role. Same for Tosin Cole, who was also a Hollyoaks regular, but otherwise can only boast of being an extra with a “speaking role” in things like Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Not included in the photo, but also cast in a “recurring” role is actress Sharon D. Clarke. She’s known for roles on the soaps Holby City and The Crust, but better as a judge on the a capella competition show Last Choir Standing… because she’s best known for her singing talents, including a run at Eurovision.
We still don’t have a start date for Season 11, but considering that filming for the Christmas special just finished recently, that’s not a surprise. What is surprising is the number of episodes that we’ll be getting. According to the BBC, the 12 episodes and a Xmas special will be slightly reduced when the show arrives in “Autumn of 2018.”
The BBC also confirmed the series will have a 10-week run of 50-minute episodes in autumn 2018, starting with a special hour-long show for the launch.
Once filming gets underway, hopefully, we’ll know more. The new Doctor’s debut will come on Christmas Day, in “Twice Upon A Time,” which also stars outgoing 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi and David Bradley as William Hartnell’s First Doctor.