Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Doctor Who - Series 11 Companions Cast

We've been waiting ages for some news on the future of Doctor Who and now we've finally gotten some as the remaining cast members for Series 11 have been announced.

With Jodie Whittaker already confirmed as the Thirteenth Doctor back in July, there were rumours of whom her companions were going to be. The most persistent one being that Bradley Walsh was one of them and on Sunday, the BBC confirmed that Walsh, whose credits include Coronation Street, Law & Order: UK and hosting popular ITV game show, The Chase would be one of the companions. Bradley who also appeared in the second series of The Sarah Jane Adventures as the villainous Elijah Spellman will be taking on the regular role of Graham but in an interesting move, Bradley is one of three new companions to be added to the upcoming eleventh series.

The other two companions, named Yasmin and Ryan will be played by Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, both of whom have previously worked with each other on Hollyoaks a few years ago. Mandip has also appeared in episodes of Cuckoo and Good Karma Hospital while Tosin appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Nothing is known about any of the three new companions other than their names and casting details but it's interesting that like Doctors such as William Hartnell and Peter Davison, Jodie Whittaker will be starting her run with three new companions, following the departures of Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas).

Also joining the cast for Series 11 will be Sharon D. Clarke. The Holby City actress has bagged a returning role for the upcoming series, which could mean anything (is she playing a former character on the show?) but casting aside, there was more information to be had about next year. First of all, the eleventh series will not air until Autumn 2018 and that it will be 10 episodes, with the opener being feature length and the rest being 50 minutes long. It certainly confirms all the rumours of a shake up and given that the show has needed a shot in the arm for a while, this all looks pretty promising.

Press Release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2017/doctor-who-cast?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_press_office&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=corporate

Series 11 of Doctor Who will air in Autumn 2018 on BBC1/BBCAmerica respectively with filming beginning next week. Meanwhile Series 10 will be released on DVD from November 13th while Twice Upon A Time airs on Christmas Day.

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