Mandip Gill, a versatile English actress of Indian descent, was announced as one of three new “companions” joining actress Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor in the upcoming 11th season of “Doctor Who” next year.
The talented 28-year-old actress, who made her television debut in the Channel 4 soap opera “Hollyoaks” back in 2012, will be hitching a ride on the TARDIS alongside Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole.
“I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family,” Gill told BBC about her new role. “This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings.”
A graduate of the University of Central Lancashire with a B.A. in Acting, Gill’s acting chops were further sharpened playing a variety of roles performing in theatre productions such as “Remember Me” and “Crystal Kisses”.
Her first TV roles soon followed, first cast as Phoebe Jackson in “Hollyoaks” and then appearing as a guest on the BBC sitcom series “Cuckoo”.
Gill has since been a familiar face on British primetime TV, having guested in popular shows such as “The Good Karma Hospital” and “Casualty”. She also had a recurring role as Shazia Amin in the daytime show “Doctors” in 2016.
Her upcoming role as the companion named Yasmin may indeed be her biggest yet.
“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,” Gill further noted. “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.”
The popular science fiction TV program, produced by the BBC since 1963, has become a significant part of British popular culture over the years. The show’s 11th season featuring Whittaker as the first ever female “Doctor” (Time Lord) will be made up of 10 fifty-minute episodes and will air in autumn 2018.