As the hunt continues for Peter Capaldi’s new time travelling companion in Doctor Who, it seems that former Eastender’s star Rakhee Thakrar is one of the names the BBC are interested in.
Thakrar, who left the long-running British soap in February, is one of the names in contention to replace Jenna Coleman, who will be leaving the show after serving as companion Clara.
According to the Radio Times, auditions for the role of the next companion will begin shortly, with Thakrar set to meet with producers about the spot aboard the Tardis.
At this point neither the BBC or Thakrar’s agent have commented on her joining the cast, but her addition would make her the first non-white main companion since Martha Jones, companion to David Tennent’s Doctor, who was played by Freema Agyeman.
Thakrar gained a National Television Award nomination for Best Serial Performance this year, but lost to Danny Dyer (for some unknown reason, he wins awards for acting).
It was revealed recently that Steven Moffat would be returning to oversee (at least) another 12 episodes for the show’s 10th series, expected some time in Spring 2017. There will also be another Christmas special this year, and it is expected that the seasonal special in 2017 will be his final episode. Moffat will be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall as Doctor Who’s showrunner.