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WATCH: John Bishop joins Doctor Who as new companion Dan

January 1st, 2021 by Marc Comments


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Looks like this coming series of Doctor Who, while no longer having Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole  as Graham and Ryan, will be adding a new fact to the TARDIS… and it’s likely going to be a very fun addition.

Comedian John Bishop, above, joined the cast of  joins the cast of Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill, as The Doctor and Yaz, as Dan.

As he becomes embroiled in the Doctor’s adventures, Dan will quickly learn there’s more to the Universe(s) than he could ever believe. Travelling through Space and Time alongside the Doctor and Yaz, he’ll face evil alien races beyond his wildest nightmares.

The Doctor will return with Yaz and Dan in Series 13, appearing on BBC One later in 2021.

The new series (lucky 13) of Doctor Who has been filing for a couple of months already with John being spotted on set and some pondering if he’s the new Doctor (he’d be a great choice by the way) but no, it seems he’s just hopping on board for a while

“If I could tell my younger self that one day I would be asked to step on board the TARDIS, I would never have believed it. It’s an absolute dream come true to be joining Doctor Who and I couldn’t wish for better company than Jodie and Mandip.”

Showrunner Chris Chibnall said: “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. 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.”

While some seem dismayed at yet another modern-day companion in Doctor Who, I’m a big fan of Bishop in real life (and met him once after a show in Belfast! Lovely bloke) and can’t wait to have him in the TARDIS.

Check out his introduction below:

Let’s hope he can restore some of the fun the new series is sorely missing.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….