JOHN Bishop is becoming a member of Physician Who as Bradley Walsh’s alternative.
The 54-year-old actor and funnyman, who lately examined optimistic for coronavirus, mentioned boarding the Tardis was a “dream come true”.
John Bishop has already begun filming for the brand new collectionCredit score: BBC
He’ll seem within the new collection of the BBC One present, by which Jodie Whittaker reprises her position because the Time Lord, later this 12 months.
Bishop has already begun filming his position, however TV bosses have stored his signing below wraps till now.
He performs a personality known as Dan, who “turns into embroiled within the Physician’s adventures”.
“Travelling via area and time alongside the Physician and Yaz, he’ll face evil alien races past his wildest nightmares,” the BBC mentioned.
Bradley Walsh bowed out of the present in tonight’s episodeCredit score: BBC
Bishop will star alongside Whittaker and Mandip Gill, who returns as Yaz.
He mentioned: “If I might inform my youthful self that someday I’d be requested to step on board the Tardis, I’d by no means have believed it.
“It is an absolute dream come true to be becoming a member of Physician Who and I could not want for higher firm than Jodie and Mandip.”
Bishop is becoming a member of Physician Who in its thirteenth collection, which started filming in November final 12 months.
Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole, who’ve now left the present, made their final appearances within the New Yr’s Day particular episode.
Programme boss Chris Chibnall mentioned: “It is time for the subsequent chapter of Physician Who, and it begins with a person known as Dan. Oh, we have needed to preserve this one secret for an extended, very long time.
“Our conversations began with John even earlier than the pandemic hit.
“The character of Dan was constructed for him, and it is a pleasure to have him aboard the Tardis.”
He’ll be a part of Jodie’s Time Lord for the brand new collectionCredit score: BBC
Matt Strevens, BBC Studios govt producer, mentioned: “It has been a complete pleasure having John be a part of the solid and we have been having lots enjoyable on set already.
“We won’t wait so that you can meet Dan when the present returns later this 12 months.”
The information comes after Bishop mentioned he has been “overwhelmed” by assist since revealing he examined optimistic for Covid-19 on Christmas Day.
Each he and his spouse Melanie contracted the virus over the festive interval and had been “flattened” by the sickness.
He instructed followers the couple are “getting just a little stronger” day by day and promised he will likely be again to work in January.
The Physician Who New Yr particular, Revolution Of The Daleks, aired on New Yr’s Day.
BBC drama controller Piers Wenger mentioned: “We’re past thrilled to have John Bishop becoming a member of Physician Who.
“Alongside Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill, John is a superb addition to the present and we’ve got little doubt that collection 13 goes to be one other thrilling set of adventures for the Physician.”