Doctor Who is returning to BBC One on Sunday, October 31 and this series marks Jodie Whittaker’s final outing as The Doctor. She will be joined by her season 12 companion, Yasmin Khan (played by Mandip Gill) as they prevent an ancient evil from breaking free. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about which guest stars feature in the first episode.
Who is in Doctor Who season 13 episode 1?
Dan Lewis – John Bishop
Fans were thrilled to hear The Doctor will be meeting a new companion in the upcoming season.
Dan Lewis, from Liverpool, will join the Time Lord on the latest adventure across space and time.
Dan replaces Bradley Walsh’s character Graham O’Brien in the previous season of the sci-fi drama.
Comedian Bishop said he kept his new role a secret from The Chase star, despite probing Walsh on Doctor Who trivia.
Speaking to Express.co.uk and other media, the 54-year-old comedian and former footballer said: “When I was at Soccer Aid, I knew it was happening but he didn’t.
“I just sat with him and had breakfast and asked him a load of questions so he thought I was the biggest Whovian ever.”
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Karvanista – Craige Els
Star Wars fans are losing their minds over the latest monster featured in the series as Karvanista resembles the iconic Chewbacca.
The furry, Wookie-looking character could be joining the whole host of other alien species giving The Doctor and her companions a run for their money.
Karvanista is played by Craige Els, a 43-year-old actor from Liverpool, best known for his roles as Derek Milligan in Coronation Street and in Ripper Street.
His other credits include The Bletchley Circle, Endeavour and Call The Midwife.
On Twitter he shared a photo of himself with Whittaker, saying: “Chuffed to bits to be part of this epic series. Hold on tight!!”
Diane – Nadia Albina
Not much is known about Diane at this moment in time but photos from the first episode show her looking lost outside an eerie building.
She also appears alongside John Bishop’s character, so the pair seem to know each other from their hometown.
Diane is played by Nadia Albina, an actress known for her roles in Whites, Doctors and Beautiful People.
The actress is also an advocate for disability inclusion in the arts as she was born with no right forearm or hand.
Swarm – Sam Spruell
Showrunner Chris Chibnall warned fans of the threat of Swarm at the Conic-Con@Home virtual panel for the series.
When asked to describe the new series in one word, he used the character’s name.
The Swarm has featured in the sci-fi series before but at this stage, it is not known whether they have taken on a new form.
Swarm is played by Sam Spruell, a 44-year-old actor known for his roles in The North Water and Taken 3.
In the season 13 premiere, dark forces are awakening all over the world as Dan Lewis’ life changes forever.
Doctor Who: Flux airs on BBC One on Sunday, October 31 at 6.25pm
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