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Monday, 23 October 2017

The 13th Doctor Welcomes Trio Of New Companions To The TARDIS...

New TARDIS Team: Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Jodie Whittaker, and Tosin Cole

The 13th Doctor's new companions have been unveiled.

Joining Jodie Whittaker's Doctor in the TARDIS will be Bradley Walsh (as Graham), Tosin Cole (as Ryan) and Mandip Gill (as Yasmin).

I'm liking this potentially busy TARDIS ensemble. Not that it's a particularly new concept; in the new era Matt Smith had The Ponds and David Tennant's Doctor had multiple companions, but it also hearkens back to the show's Classic era, with several Doctors travelling with multiple companions.

Bradley Walsh immediately makes me think of an Ian Chesterton-style character, which would take the show right back to its roots (fitting as the Christmas special - that introduces the 13th Doctor - also includes a turn from David Bradley as the First Doctor).

While I've grown to eventually appreciate Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor in his final season - boosted by the presence of the brilliant, but doomed, Bill Potts - I must confess I haven't been as excited about Doctor Who as I am for the arrival of the 13th Doctor for a very long time.

It's also been revealed that the new season of Doctor Who, to air in the autumn of 2018, will commence with an hour-long episode and the series will run for 10 weeks of 50-minute episodes, under new showrunner Chris Chibnall.

To learn more, check out the BBC news website here.

2 comments:

  1. While I loved the Capaldi era I understand why it turned people off. The first season was all over the place as both the writers and actors tried to find themselves and the 12th Doctor. Add to that, the Danny Pink subplot was painful. Season 2 was much better as Capaldi took on the old space punk mentality gpr most of the season. However, the writers made a lot of small changes to the lore and to the trademarks of the doctor. I think the final season was great mix of what worked in season 2 of the Calapdi era and classic Who. It didn't hurt that the cast had great chemistry and most of the stories were woven together rather tightly.

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    1. Spot on assessment, Johua. There were bits in the early Capaldi seasons I loved, but the bulk of it made me groan and roll my eyes like a grumpy old grognard (e.g. as much as I like Jenna Coleman, I couldn't wait for Clara to be written out - she just felt, uncomfortably, like Moffat's Mary Sue).

      Bill Potts, on the other hand, was - like Donna - another fantastic single-season companion with beautifully tragic story arc, that I'd take over a 100 Claras any day!

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