Jodie Whittaker has her companions at last and it is like Christmas for fans already. The cast will be full from the get-go, with Mandip Gill (Yasmin), Tosin Cole (Ryan), and Bradley Walsh (Graham) all joining the 13th Doctor.
Fans had been hoping for a diverse choice since Whittaker’s casting had already broken some standing tradition. The companions reflect all the variety the audience was hoping to see, with an accurate representation of western society. We don’t know much about the characters they will play, but new showrunner Chris Chibnall described the trio as “three of Britain’s brightest talents.”
Mandip Gill, best known for her role of homeless teenager Phoebe Jackson in the British soap opera Hollyoaks (2012-2015), is an up and coming fresh face. Her past work has shown some range, but standing shoulder to shoulder with the Doctor is enough to test any actors mettle.
Tosin Cole, another soap star best known for his role on EastEnders spin-off E20 in 2010-2011, which debuted online, got his first acting gig online as well. Back in 2010, the 25-year-old actor made his debut in the teen drama The Cut. He also appeared in Hollyoaks until 2012. He’s got some experience in the way of space travel, having appeared as X-Wing resistance pilot Lieutenant Bastian – also known as ‘Red Four’ – in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Bradley Walsh, the eldest and perhaps most well known of the newly minted Companions, has visited the universe of the Doctor before. Walsh appeared in two episodes of the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. A former professional footballer, he is best known for his roles as Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street and as DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK. Judging by his past characters, we could get a companion who is in dire need of the hope the Doctor themselves often seeks among the human race. Both of Walsh’s best-known characters have two ex-wives, are estranged from their daughters and are recovering alcoholics.
The Christmas episode will mark the Doctor’s regeneration and the beginning of a new era under Chibnall. The ample new cast feels like another step in a new direction, with Chibnall setting himself up with a gang of new friends. No word yet as to whether or not all the companions will join the Doctor in the Tardis at the same time.
Doctor Who next airs December 25th on BBC, when we will bid farewell to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, and his friends we’ve come to know and love. Thankfully, we’ll have a new perspective and new adventures with Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.