Doctor Who's first female Time Lord will be joined by three new companions, the BBC has announced. Jodie Whittaker, who takes over as the 13th Doctor next year, will be joined by three new companions in Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, as well as Sharon D Clarke in a returning role.
Walsh has been a fan for 50 years having started watching with the original Doctor. Walsh is best-known for hosting game shows like The Chase and Wheel of Fortune, as well as Coronation Street.
"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...
"Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor? Oh yes!"
Gill, who has appeared in Hollyoaks and Casualty, can't wait to start:
"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."
Cole, who had roles in EastEnders and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, said he was looking forward to "jumping in this Doctor Who universe".
Chris Chibnall, the show's new head writer, said those chosen as companions were "three of Britain's brightest talents".
"The new Doctor is going to need new friends," he added.
The BBC also confirmed the series will have a 10-week run of 50-minute episodes in autumn 2018, starting with a feature-length hour show for the launch. No details about the new characters have yet to be announced, beyond their names.