Obviously, it’s going to be a slow news year for Doctor Who. It was previously announced that the tenth season about the ancient time traveling alien would be delayed until 2017, which will be highly eventful given that it will be the final season for showrunner Steven Moffat, and – possibly – the final season for current Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Still, there’s one final stretch of 13 episodes to get through, and you’re probably aware that when series 10 begins, the Doctor will need a new Companion. So the BBC is now shopping for someone to hangout in the TARDIS and go on wacky adventures through space and time, but are they already circling someone in particular? Possibly, at least according to rumor.
According to Radio Times (via ScreenRant), actress Rakhee Thakrar is in talks with the BBC to become the Doctor’s new companion. Like most Doctor Who companions, Thakrar is a working actress that isn’t terribly well-known. She’s had guest spots on many notable British series, and she was most recently a series regular on the soap EastEnders. Coincidentally, Thakrar just ended her run on EastEnders, which means she’s highly-available to fill the vacant seat in the TARDIS. But what are her chances of actually being cast? Radio Times indicates that Thakrar is one of a number of actresses being seen for the part, but Mirror UK says that the companionship is hers if she wants it. It would an interesting move for sure, and it would make Thakrar the first companion of color since Freema Agyeman, AKA: Martha Jones, in Doctor Who’s third season.
If there’s one actress who won’t be up for the companion spot, it’s Maisie Williams. The Game of Thrones actress had a recurring role last season as Ashildr/Me, but according to Williams, not only will she not be back as the new companion, she won’t be back on Doctor Who at all. “I’m not going to be working on Doctor Who again,” she said in a recent interview (reported by ScreenRant). “Everyone’s hyping about it, which is very exciting, but I guess that’s more of a publicity thing. But no, I’m not going to return, I have a lot of other really exciting projects lined up instead.” Considering that the last time we saw Me she was flying off in a dinner-shaped TARDIS with zombie Clara for more adventures, it shouldn’t be that surprising.
Doctor Who will air its annual Christmas special during the holidays later this year; the tenth season of the show will debut sometime in 2017. Stay tuned to Nerd Bastards for all your latest Who updates.