AceShowbiz - BBC has announced a series of new cast members for the upcoming season 11 of "Doctor Who". The first female Doctor, who will be played by Jodie Whittaker, will be joined by new three major characters, one of which will be portrayed by Bradley Walsh.
Walsh is set to take the role of Graham. Walsh has long been rumored to play Whittaker's companion. Also among the newly announced cast members are Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, who will play the roles of Ryan and Yasmin respectively. There is no additional detail about the two characters as of yet.
The network announces the news on its Twitter account. It shares a photo of Doctor Who's 13th incarnation depicter posing alongside Walsh, Cole and Gill. "Meet the 13th Doctor's new friends! Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), and Graham (Bradley Walsh) #DoctorWho," so the account writes in the caption.
"The new Doctor is going to need new friends," said new head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall. "We're thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the 'Doctor Who' family. They're three of Britain's brightest talents and we can't wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie's Doctor. Alongside them, we're delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show."
Clarke has been tapped to join the new season in "a returning role." It has also been reported that "Doctor Who" will return for 10-episode season 11 in the fall of 2018 with the season premiere running at "feature-length."
"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," said Walsh in a statement. "I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full-length feature film made in glorious color. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the 'Doctor'?? Oh yes!"
Cole added, "I'm grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team. I'm looking forward to jumping in this 'Doctor Who' universe."
Meanwhile, Gill said, "I am over the moon to be joining the 'Doctor Who' family. This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings. 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. To be working alongside the likes of Jodie, Bradley and my old friend Tosin is thrilling. This show is worlds away from the work I've done previously and that's the part that excites me the most."