Doctor Who season 13: who will join John Bishop and Jodie Whittaker is in the cast - and when will it be released?

Although fans will have to wait a little longer before they see the TARDIS return to their screens, that hasn’t stopped the excitement building ahead of Jodie Whittaker’s rumoured final season

Only a few details have been revealed about the upcoming season (BBC)

Doctor Who fans have been starved of an episodes of the hit sci-fi show for the last year, after the last episode was aired at Christmas 2019.

However, a few details have begun to be revealed about the upcoming season 13, including the introduction of the Doctor’s latest companion played by John Bishop.

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Who will join John Bishop and Jodie Whittaker in the upcoming season, and when will the new season be released? Here’s everything you need to know and Doctor Who season 13.

Who are Doctor Who’s companions in Season 13?

So far only three characters have been confirmed for Season 13.

Jodie Whittaker will be returning as the Doctor, in what is rumoured to be her final appearance in the lead role. Speculation over her future as the Timelord built after rumours in the Daily Mirror suggested Whittaker was set to leave the role after the next season.

Jodie Whittaker has been the current custodian of the TARDIS since 2017, taking the role of the Timelord over from Peter Capaldi.

The thirteenth Doctor’s companion Yaz will return for Season 13. Actress Mandip Gill confirmed the character’s return, after actors Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh departed at the end of the 2019 Christmas special.

Gill described being the last companion standing as “gutting”, but explained that she was “not ready for this journey to end.”

Speaking to the Radio Times, Gill said: “Why leave something if you're enjoying it, it's working and there's development? I don't know when it will end for me because as a person and as a character, there's so much more to explore."

According to Gill, her character is set to be explored in more depth throughout the new episodes, and the actress is very excited to show audience members even more sides to Yaz.

“We started to see Yaz with her mental health storyline last series, and started to see Yaz a little bit more," she said. "So that can sort of be explored a little bit further – there's room now to explore that. It never probably felt like the right time to do it before. So I'm looking forward to it."

The newest addition to the Doctor Who cast is John Bishop, who will be playing the role of the newest companion, Dan.

The BBC have revealed that as Dan becomes embroiled in the Doctor’s adventures, Dan will quickly learn there’s more to the Universe(s) that he could ever have believed.

As he travels through Space and Time alongside the Doctor and Yaz, Dan will face evil alien races beyond his wildest nightmares.

Speaking about joining the cast, John said: “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.”

When will Doctor Who Season 13 be released?

There is no official air date for Season 13, but the BBC have revealed it will be appearing on BBC One later in 2021.

The show started filming in November 2020, and was expected to last ten months.

How many episodes will Doctor Who Season 13 have?

The latest season of Doctor Who will be a little bit shorter than previous seasons with an initial plan for a 11 episode run.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 had an impact on the filming schedule, delaying the previous plan, which led to the season being cut down in length to eight episodes.

There is also the possibility for the return of the Doctor Who Christmas special in 2021, after it was missing from the schedule in 2020.

Is there a trailer for Doctor Who Season 13?

There is no official trailer for Doctor Who Season 13 yet.

The BBC have released a very short teaser trailer for the arrival of John Bishop’s character, Dan.