Meet Tosin Cole – Everything you need to know about the new Doctor Who star

Who is the actor playing one of the Time Lord’s three new companions?

Number 13 will be in good company when her series launches as she’s been given three new companions to travel through space and time with.

Jodie Whittaker is set to make history as Doctor Who’s first female lead and she will also be changing things up by moving into the Tardis as part of a foursome.

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Tosin Cole is one of the actors joining the sci-fi hit for its forthcoming episodes, but who is he and what will his role be?

Who will Tosin Cole be playing?

All we know about Tosin’s character so far is that he will be called Ryan, and will be one of a trio of companions along with Bradley Walsh’s Graham and Mandip Gill’s Yasmin.

Doctor Who is known for keeping back details so as not to spoil any surprises for fans, so we’re looking forward to finding out exactly what Ryan’s story is.

Where do I know him from?

Tosin won’t feel too much like the newbie on set as he and Mandip already know each other from Hollyoaks, where he played Neil Cooper from 2011 to 2012. He’s also been in the cast of EastEnders spin-off E20.

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Since leaving soapland behind, the actor has had a wide range of roles across TV and film. Eagle-eyed fans may have spotted him in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, while his small screen work has included Lewis, Holby City and Versailles.

How does he feel about joining Doctor Who?

As you can probably imagine, being cast in Doctor Who is incredibly exciting for any star and Tosin can’t wait to get stuck in.

He said: "I'm grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team. I'm looking forward to jumping in to this Doctor Who universe."

New showrunner Chris Chibnall is also pleased to have him on board: “The new Doctor is going to need new friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show."

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And what about new Doctor Jodie Whittaker? She said: "I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It's a dream team!"

When can I see him in his new role?

The bad news is, there’s quite a wait until we actually see this dream team in action.

Series 11 of Doctor Who will not air until autumn 2018 so we’ve got a whole year of twiddling our thumbs, but when it does return there will be a 10-week run of 50-minute episodes which will kick off with a feature-length hour-long instalment.

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