The TARDIS will get pretty crowded really soon. In the inaugural season of Doctor Who with Jodie Whittaker, our first female Doctor, the Time Lady will be joined by not one, not two, but three companions. This is something not too unusual for the classic series, but the revived post-2005 iteration has generally had one or two other members of the TARDIS crew. Per the BBC, the new cast members joining Jodie Whittaker are Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.
Walsh (above, left) will star as a character named “Graham,” Cole as “Ryan” and Gill as “Yasmin.” Additionally, Sharon D. Clarke will feature in a supporting role. Walsh is the most prolific out of the new cast members, with a long career hosting game shows like The Chase and Wheel of Fortune, as well as appearing on Coronation Street.
Gill (above, middle) is a relative newcomer, her first role being in 2012 soap program Hollyoaks. Additionally, Gill will appear on the forthcoming BBC drama Love, Lies and Records. Cole (above, right) appeared in a small speaking role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a member of Red Squadron. Additionally, Cole appeared in Hollyoaks alongside Gill, and in EastEnders spin-off E20.
With showrunner Steven Moffat and current lead actor Peter Capaldi both departing the show, Doctor Who writer and Broadchurch (which Whittaker also starred in) creator Chris Chibnall will helm the long-running program. The 11th season of the revived Doctor Who will air in the fall of 2018, with a 10-week run of 50-minute episodes. Moffat and Capaldi’s final episode “Twice Upon A Time” will air on Christmas of this year.