Two familiar faces from the world of Doctor Who will soon be departing from the series.
Since Jodie Whittaker took up the mantle of the Doctor in 2018, her Doctor has been traveling with three companions, Graham O’Brien, Ryan Sinclair, and Yasmin Khan. Which is a larger party than the Doctor usually travels with. However it seems those days are numbered as two of the companions, namely Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole, who play Graham and Ryan respectively, are headed out of the TARDIS after the late 2020/early 2021 special.
Since their debut, the new companions have garnered much favor from the fans for the chemistry they all have with each other, including with the Doctor. In fact many fans consider Graham to be their favorite among the three new companions. However, Walsh and Cole have become increasingly busy with other projects. So while they’ll be taking a leave from Doctor Who, it seems they’ll be leaving the door open for possible future outings on the show.
Doctor Who’s Busy Companions
Walsh has an especially busy schedule as of late. He hosts The Chase, films a travel show with his son, and has a new series coming up called Take Off. Juggling all of those productions, with the demanding schedule of Doctor Who would understandably take a toll on the actor.
Cole is in a similar situation, where he’s scheduled to star in a new series called 61st Street which is being produced by Michael B. Jordan. That show is an American television production and could force Cole to spend a lot more time in the States, should the show get picked up for more seasons.
Of course we don’t know yet what their exit will look like. Companions in the past have had a wide range of exits from the show, everything from “dogs react to owners coming back” kind of feelings, to “my heart feels like it’s being crushed in a trash compactor.” Judging from the fact that both Walsh and Cole have both left the door open for future adventures, we’re guessing it won’t be the latter.
Perhaps the duo will come to a point in their adventures where they decide they want to try being a family together in the real world, without distracting themselves from their losses. Seeing as how their characters were introduced to the show experiencing tragedy together, here’s hoping they’ll find a little bit of happiness honoring Grace’s memory as a family.
For those wondering, and perhaps worrying, if this means that the Doctor will be finding all-new companions. Rest assured that Mandip Gill, who plays Yaz, has expressed her wishes to continue traveling with the Doctor. While it’s not a confirmation as to whether she’ll return, at least it’s not a confirmation that she won’t. Until then, we know we can follow all of them on their adventures up until the special titled, Revolution of the Daleks.
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