Who is Mandip Gill? Meet the new Doctor Who star

Get to know one of the trio of new companions on the sci-fi show.

There’s been some exciting news in the Whoniverse as not one, not two, but three companions have been announced for the 13th Doctor.

Joining Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, who was revealed as the new Time Lord this summer, are Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

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We find out more about Mandip as she prepares to get stuck into one of the biggest hits on TV.

Who will Mandip Gill be playing?

Recent casting news announced a trio of companions for Jodie’s Doctor, and Mandip will be one of those select few travelling in the Tardis.

We know that her character is called Yasmin, but that’s about it at the moment – any other details are being kept top secret for now.

She’ll be joining Bradley Walsh as Graham and Tosin Cole as Ryan on their time-travelling adventures.

New showrunner Chris Chibnall said: “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."

What have I seen her in before?

Mandip has done the rounds of some recognisable UK shows including Doctors, Casualty and The Good Karma Hospital.

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But she’s perhaps best known as Phoebe McQueen in Hollyoaks. After being cast in one of the village’s most drama-ridden families, her storylines between 2012 and 2015 included being hit by a stray bullet during a shooting and being murdered by the Gloved Hand Killer.

How does she feel about her casting?

The actress is excited to be joining the cult show, and is especially thrilled to be cast alongside her former Hollyoaks co-star Tosin.

Mandip said: “I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family. This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings. 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. To be working alongside the likes of Jodie, Bradley and my old friend Tosin is thrilling. This show is worlds away from the work I've done previously and that's the part that excites me the most.”

When can I see her in her new role?

We’re still eagerly awaiting an exact return date for Doctor Who series 11 and the debut of Jodie’s incarnation.

But what we do know is that there will be a lengthy wait until we see the new dream team on screen – the series isn't expected to air on BBC One until autumn 2018. 

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