John Bishop to join Dr Who as new companion

Fans got a quick glimpse of his character Dan in the New Year's Day special.

Comedian John Bishop will play the companion in the upcoming 13th season of Doctor Who, the BBC has confirmed. 

His character, who is called Dan, was revealed in a short teaser attached to the show’s annual New Year’s Day special entitled Revolution of the Daleks

This saw the departure of two of the three current companions Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Ryan (Tosin Cole) who elected to stay behind on earth. 

Dan will be joining current Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) in the TARDIS where “he’ll quickly learn there’s more to the Universe(s) than he could ever believe.”

Filming began on this thirteenth season began back in November 2020 for a planned release date of sometime in 2021.  

In December, the BBC announced that it will only consist of eight episodes rather than the usual eleven because filming takes longer under COVID-19 health and safety protocols 

“It’s time for the next chapter of Doctor Who, and it starts with a man called Dan. Oh, we’ve had to keep this one secret for a long, long time,” said current showrunner Chris Chibnall. 

“Our conversations started with John even before the pandemic hit. The character of Dan was built for him, and it’s a joy to have him aboard the TARDIS.”

Source: Den of Geek

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