Bradley Walsh confirmed as one of Doctor Who's new companions

They join Jodie Whittaker, who was revealed earlier this year as the first woman to play the title role after the Time Lord regenerates into his - er, her - 13th incarnation.

Walsh will play the characters Graham, Cole will star as Ryan and Gill will play Yasmin. "Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself", says Walsh.

Cole, who had roles in EastEnders and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, said he was looking forward to "jumping in this Doctor Who universe".

Fans can get their first look at Whitaker's Doctor when she makes her debut in this year's annual Doctor Who Christmas special, guest-starring David Bradley as the First Doctor.

Back in the old days of Doctor Who the Doctor only needed one companion to sprain their ankle and cry for help.

More news to follow on the outgoing Season 10 Doctor Who cast and the next Doctor Who Season 11 as it becomes available.

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Holby City actor Sharon D Clarke will also be joining the show in an unnamed role. Now, we finally have all the juicy details thanks to a new press release straight from the BBC. That's right, not only will Jodie Whitaker be playing the first female incarnation of the Doctor, the show will also be shaking up the traditional "companion" role, as well.

Not much else is known about the companions but the show's new head writer Chris Chibnall has teased that the Doctor will "need those new friends" and is glad he's managed to bag "three of Britain's brightest talents" for his forthcoming series. This is an iconic show with an wonderful fan base and I look forward to everything that brings.

Finally, the actor Tosin Cole is "excited to be part of the journey with this team". Bradley Walsh is extremely excited being part of Doctor Who, watching the show since William Hartnell.

A third said: "Bradley Walsh is actually going to be on the new Doctor Who, I'm over the bloody moon".

The bumped-up numbers will come in handy for the perils facing Whittaker's Time Lord, according to Broadchurch scribe Chibnall, who has taken over showrunning duties from Steven Moffat. The ten-episode run premieres in Fall of 2018, kicking off with an hour-long episode and then followed up with nine fifty-minute episodes.

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