Doctor Who's New Year's special was bittersweet in that the show's brief return came at a cost. The sci-fi series wrote off Ryan and Graham, bringing the remaining companions to Jodie Whittaker's Doctor down to one. Luckily, Yaz and The Doctor won't have the TARDIS for long, as the special teased a new companion by the name of Dan, played by John Bishop.
Bishop may be a name well-known to UK audiences, but the celebrity may not be as well known for American Doctor Who fans. One could do some research into that body of work, check out some of his appearances on Skins or other television, or read a recent interview with Doctor Who Magazine (via Radio Times) about what Chris Chibnall loves about John Bishop:
John Bishop joins Doctor Who in the role of Dan, a character only seen briefly loading stuff out of a van at the end of the New Year's special. As far as we know, Dan has not met The Doctor or Yaz, so it'll be interesting to see how his story figures into Doctor Who's future after Season 12 already changed so much. Season 12 ended with The Doctor being told she's not actually from Gallifrey and may have many more regenerations than she previously thought.
Whether or not John Bishop's Dan figures into that situation is unknown, but one thing that is known is that Chris Chibnall is high on Bishop as an actor. The showrunner continued how much he liked Bishop and even compared him to some other iconic actors:
John Bishop will attempt to fill the shoes of actors Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh, who played Ryan and Graham for the past two seasons. Their departure breaks up the core group that kicked off Jodie Whittaker's run as The Doctor. It will be interesting to see how Bishop's Dan works with the group and how fans will respond to the new dynamic that comes with it.
It may be a while before Doctor Who Season 13 arrives, but fans can binge past episodes now on HBO Max. For more on the series, be sure to read up on John Barrowman's latest thoughts on the series, and who he'd like to see eventually play the Doctor After Jodie Whittaker.
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