Doctor Who’s first female Time Lord will be joined by three new companions, the BBC has announced.
Jodie Whittaker, who takes over as the 13th Doctor next year, will be joined by new cast regulars Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, as well as Sharon D Clarke in a returning role.
Walsh will star as Graham, Cole will play Ryan and Gill will play Yasmin.
According to RadioTimes, Tosin Cole, who had roles in EastEnders and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, said he was looking forward to “jumping in this Doctor Who universe”.
As a young British actor, Cole made his TV debut in 2010 BBC teen drama the Cut, soon following up this early success with roles in EastEnders spin-off EastEnders: E20 and short films like Me and My Dad and Jasmine.
In 2011, Cole was cast in perhaps his most well-known role to date as Neil Cooper in Hollyoaks, also appearing in spin-off Hollyoaks Later.
More recent roles include Keith Potts in Holby City, Kobina in Versailles, Anthony in The Secrets and Djimon Adomakoh in ITV detective series Lewis.
Cole has joined the elite group of actors (including Warwick Davis, Dave Prowse and Felicity Jones) to have appeared in both Doctor Who and Star Wars, with the young actor making a brief appearance as X-Wing pilot Lieutenant Bastian in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
“I’m grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team,” Cole said of his casting.
“I’m looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe.”
“The new Doctor is going to need new friends,” added incoming 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.”