On Sunday the BBC announced via its Social Media channels that the Thirteenth Doctor has her companions for Series 11. For the first time since the series revival, three companions were announced simultaneously.
There are still very few details known about Series 11, other than a new show-runner, Chris Chibnall and the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, who will make her first appearance in this year’s Christmas Special.
Mandip Gill graduated from university in 2009 with an acting degree. She’s a year or two younger than Jenna Coleman. She is best known for a three-year stint on the soap Hollyoaks, which she left in 2015. Interestingly, she’s guest starred on three separate medical dramas before being cast on Doctor Who.
Bradley Walsh is a former footballer turned actor who had roles in soap Coronation Street and Law & Order: UK. He has also presented for ITV game shows. He is currently 57, which makes him one of the older actors cast for companion roles.
Tosin Cole also starred on Hollyoaks, from 2010 to 2012, meaning his time on the show overlapped with Mandip Gill’s. Before that he was on an internet spin-off of the soap EastEnders. He also had a small role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as an X-Wing pilot.
In the BBC announcement the network also revealed that Doctor Who Series 11 will be a 10-week run of 50-minute episodes premiering in the Fall of 2018. Whether that means the end of August or 10 weeks before Christmas is unknown, but at least we have a general idea of an air date. With such a diverse TARDIS it’s hard not to get excited for Series 11!
When your show only has two or three regulars for the duration of a season, those characters had better be among the best on all of television. Fortunately for Doctor Who, they typically are. Who follows the adventures of a time-traveling humanoid alien (played by different actors over the years) and a person of his choice to travel with him, who is usually a human woman from the 20th or 21st century. This person, referred to as the Doctor’s Companion, is often someone who balances the Doctor and is able to keep his (usually large) ego in check. The Companion brings humanity to the show, but also helps demonstrate one of the show’s core themes: That everyone, no matter how insignificant they may seem, can be extraordinary. As a way of celebrating the show’s recent return to the airwaves, I’ve decided to take some time to appreciate each of the five female Companions of the modern era and rank them in my order of preference.
Disclaimer: This is MY order of preference. Mine. I love all of the Companions very much, so choosing this order was very difficult. I’m also sure many people will disagree with the order I’ve chosen, so if you do, please sound off in the comments! As usual, all spoilers for the show are below the cut!
The first rule of Clone Club is that every morning you wake up and sacrifice a lamb to the goddess of an actress Tatiana Maslany, star of the BBC America hit, Orphan Black. Or maybe not. But it might as well be. Maslany is all but worshipped by fans of Orphan Black, a sci-fi series from BBC America. First, a quick summary: We meet Sarah Manning (Maslany), a professional con artist, as she gets off of a train seconds before watching a girl who looks exactly like her commit suicide by throwing herself in front of a train. Like any good con artist, she steals the woman’s bag and assumes her identity. After only a day of posing as Beth, Sarah learns that she and her doppleganger are just two of countless clones who were illegally created twenty-eight years previously. As half of the characters are clones (who, scientifically speaking, wouldn’t actually be identical but who cares it’s fiction), over half of the cast is played by one actress: Maslany herself. With tight, sharp writing, brilliantly executed queer representation, and a likable supporting cast, Orphan Black had the perfect recipe for a millennial hit.