Comedian John Bishop joins the cast of `Doctor Who` – WION

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Actor-comedian John Bishop is ready to take the trip to the TARDIS. 

According to BBC, Bishop will be joining the Thirteenth Doctor and Yaz on the time machine TARDIS. The 54-year-old actor, who recently tested positive for coronavirus, said joining the sci-fi series was a «dream come true».

«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,» said Bishop.

He will play a character named Dan, alongside Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill. 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. Traveling through space and time alongside the Doctor and Yaz, he’ll face evil alien races beyond his wildest nightmare Showrunner Chris Chibnall said they were in talks with Bishop for the role even before the coronavirus pandemic hit the world.

«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, » Chibnall said. Bishop replaces Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole, who were confirmed in November to depart the series following the New Year’s Day special.

Bishop’s previous acting credits include Skins and the Ken Loach film Route Irish.

Bishop will make his first proper Doctor Who appearance when the 13th season starts on BBC America later this year, but he will briefly appear at the end of Friday night’s special holiday episode. You can see that tease below.

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