Pretty much everything is new in the new series of Doctor Who – including a new Doctor, and a new cast of companions and monsters. It’s never been a more exciting time to be a Doctor Who fan, or to become one.
Meet the cast and characters of its first episode, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, below…
Jodie Whittaker plays the Doctor
Who is the Doctor? The Doctor is an alien who travels through time and space with the aid of her ship, the Tardis. She belongs to a race known as the Time Lords, who have the ability to cheat death by regenerating into a totally new and different person. Having regenerated into a man for her past 12 (technically 13, if you count John Hurt’s the War Doctor) incarnations, the Thirteenth Doctor made television history last year by regenerating into a woman for the first time.
Where have I seen Jodie Whittaker before? Jodie Whittaker is best known for playing grieving mother Beth Latimer in ITV1 crime hit Broadchurch, but has also appeared in 2011 Black Mirror episode The Entire History of You, and played the lead in medical drama Trust Me last year. Beyond television, she also made her cinematic debut in 2006 film Venus, where she played a love interest opposite Peter O’Toole, and had a memorable turn in 2011 cult hit Attack the Block, which also featured Star Wars star John Boyega.
Tosin Cole plays Ryan Sinclair
Who is Ryan Sinclair? Ryan Sinclair is a member of the Doctor’s new Tardis team – companions who she will take with her through time and space. He is a young warehouse worker from Sheffield who suffers from dyspraxia, a co-ordination disorder which means, among many other things, he struggles to do relatively basic tasks like riding a bike. Throughout the course of the episode, he will encounter the Doctor, and get caught up in an alien plot.
Where have I seen Tosin Cole before? Tosin Cole is perhaps most recognisable as 2011 – 2012 series regular Neil Cooper from Hollyoaks. He has also made appearances in Eastenders: E20, Lewis, had a minor part as an X-Wing pilot in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and played a big role in Netflix film Burning Sands in 2017.
Bradley Walsh plays Graham O’Brien
Who is Graham O’Brien? Graham O’Brien is another member of the Tardis team, and is married to Grace, the gran of Ryan. This makes him Ryan’s step-grandad, although Ryan certainly doesn’t think of him as such.
Where have I seen Bradley Walsh before? Nowadays Bradley Walsh is best known as the host of ITV1 daytime quiz sensation The Chase, which he has fronted since 2009, but he is also known for a long career in presenting and acting. In terms of the latter, he’s probably best known for his role as factory boss Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street, which he played from 2004 – 2006; and later his recurring part as DS Ronnie Brooks in ITV crime drama Law and Order: UK, which he played from 2009 until 2014.
Mandip Gill plays Yasmin Khan
Who is Yasmin Khan? Yasmin Khan – or Yaz to her friends – is the final official member of the Tardis team. She is a low-ranking police officer who’s frustrated with breaking up small-time crimes like parking disputes. That will all change however when she gets called out to check on something rather unusual…
Where have I seen Mandip Gill before? Like co-star Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill’s biggest claim to fame is Hollyoaks, where she played Phoebe McQueen from 2012 – 2015. Elsewhere she has appeared in BBC sitcom Cuckoo, daytime soap Doctors, The Good Karma Hospital and Casualty.
Shaun Dooley plays Epzo
Who is Epzo? Spoilers…
Where have I seen Shaun Dooley before? With both Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker on board, it’s little surprise another Broadchurch star has joined them, with Dooley previously playing creepy Rickie Gillespie in the second series of the detective drama. Fans may also recognise Dooley as playing Greg in the final two series of Channel 4 superhero drama Misfits, or as Sir Robert Brackenbury in the BBC’s ambitious White Queen.
Susan Lynch plays Angstrom
Who is Angstrom? Spoilers…
Where have I seen Susan Lynch before? Now a far cry from her bit-part in The Bill in 1991, Whovians may recognise Susan from the second series of Happy Valley, where she starred opposite Sarah Lancashire as Alison Garrs. You may also remember her as Susannah in the BBC’s raunchy Apple Tree Yard last year, or her more recent role as language teacher Anna in BBC Three’s binge-worthy Killing Eve.
Art Malik plays Ilin
Who is Ilin? Spoilers…
Where have I seen Art Malik before? Legendary British-Pakistani actor Art Malik has had a glittering career spanning four decades. His more recent roles include Bunny Latif in the fourth series of Homeland back in 2014, a Maharajah in Channel 4’s adventurous Indian Summers, and Erasmus Nash in the BBC’s adaptation of The Woman in White earlier this year.
This article was originally published on 6 October 2018
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