It’s official: we have a completely new team in the TARDIS, and what an interesting group they are…
The rumours about Bradley Walsh joining the cast proved correct, and, well, I’ve still got mixed feelings about him, but I’ll keep an open mind, especially as the fan-boy in him is super excited to be part of the show.
“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. 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! (BBC America)
Joining him are Mandip Gill as Yasmin, and Tosin Cole as Ryan, both of whom are perhaps best known for their work in Hollyoaks.
“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,” says Tosin.
Mandip Gill adds, “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.”
A female doctor and a diverse crew? This is PROGRESS, people! But it gets better. Also joining the cast in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke. Acting-wise, Clarke is probably best known in the UK for Holby City, but she is also really well-known for her music. Here’s a video of her singing for Children in Need if you want a bit of a cheery anthem today:
But I can’t talk about Sharon D Clarke’s singing career without popping in this gem, which I will probably be singing all day long. Early 90s dance music is the BEST. Fact.
All in all, properly exciting news! We just have to wait until Autumn 2018 to see them all in action…