Jodie Whittaker's Time Lord reign will begin with one-hour special

Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole have been unveiled as Jodie Whittaker’s co-stars when she becomes the 13th person to take on the lead role in Doctor Who.

The trio will appear as the Doctor’s “companions” Graham, Yasmin and Ryan in the next 10-week series slated for autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch.

Broadchurch and Trust Me star Jodie will take over in the TARDIS from Peter Capaldi when the Time Lord regenerates as a woman for the first time after the Christmas special.

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Jodie Whittaker said: “I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”

Bradley Walsh said: “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 colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!”

Mandip, who has appeared in Hollyoaks and Casualty, said she was “over the moon” to be appearing in the hit programme, while Tosin, who has had roles in Star Wars and EastEnders, said he was excited to be “jumping in this Doctor Who universe”.

New Doctor Who head Chris Chibnall – the man behind Broadchurch – described the trio as “three of Britain’s brightest talents”.

He added: “We can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor.”