Doctor Who Reveals THREE New Companions

Jodie Whittaker is making a lot of new friends.

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Jodie Whittaker will be taking over the TARDIS after the Christmas special, and the 13th Doctor certainly won't be lonely on her travels through time and space.

With Pearl Mackie's Bill Potts departing along with Peter Capaldi's Doctor, a new companion is needed - and the BBC have unveiled three new friends for Whittaker's Time Lord.

Confirming previous reporters, Bradley Walsh has officially been announced as Graham, and he's joined by Tosin Cole as Ryan and Mandip Gill as Yasmin. Sharon D. Clarke will also have a recurring role in Series 11, which is expected to land in autumn 2018.

Walsh is the most high-profile name on the list, and the most intriguing. While he does have a lot of acting experience, he's been more well-known in recent years for hosting quiz show The Chase, so it's a surprising move in that regard (though he has worked with new showrunner Chris Chibnall before). Of his casting, he said:

"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... Am I thrilled to be part of this whole groundbreaking new dawn for the Doctor? Oh yes!"

Cole, who appeared as a Resistance pilot in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, said he was looking forward to "jumping in this Doctor Who universe." Gill, known for her roles in Hollyoaks and Casualty, said: "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."

No other details have been revealed about the characters yet, but having three new companions is a way of mixing things up, something the new series seems intent on. As well as the new faces behind and in front of the camera, Series 11 will also have just 10 episodes, nine of which will have a 50-minute runtime, with an hour-long opener.

What do you think of the new companions? Share your thoughts down in the comments.

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