Doctor Who’s Mandip Gill has stayed on the show because she’s ‘not ready for the journey to end’

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Doctor Who’s Mandip Gill has explained her reasons behind remaining on the show, following departures by co-stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole.

Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor will see two of her three companions, Ryan Sinclair (Cole) and Graham O’Brien (Walsh), exit the TARDIS during the upcoming Christmas special – but Gill’s Yasmin Khan will be staying onboard.

And in a new interview with the Radio Times, the 32-year-old actress has admitted that while she finds it ‘gutting’ to be pressing on without the actors, she simply was ‘not ready for the journey to end’.

Staying on: Doctor Who's Mandip Gill has explained her reasons behind remaining on the show, following departures by co-stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole

Staying on: Doctor Who’s Mandip Gill has explained her reasons behind remaining on the show, following departures by co-stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole

The Leeds-born beauty told the publication: ‘It’s gutting. We knew it was coming so we’ve had a while to get our heads around it Brad and Tosin are such big characters, and I’ll really miss them on set.’ 

She continued: ‘I just thought, “I’m not ready for this journey to end.” Why leave something if you’re enjoying it, it’s working and there’s development? I don’t know when it will end for me because as a person and as a character, there’s so much more to explore.’

Explaining what’s in store, she said: ‘We started to see Yaz with her mental health storyline last series, and started to see Yaz a little bit more.

‘So that can sort of be explored a little bit further – there’s room now to explore that. It never probably felt like the right time to do it before. So I’m looking forward to it.’

Gutted: The actress said it was 'gutting' to be filming without Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole

Gutted: The actress said it was ‘gutting’ to be filming without Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole

The actress previously explained to Digital Spy magazine how COVID-19 has changed life on set, with necessary safety protocols impacting how the Doctor Who cast and crew work.

Mandip admitted: ‘It’s definitely changed things. Everyone’s far apart, everyone’s got masks on. There’s less people watching, there’s less people in the studio that don’t need to be there. 

‘Now I have to hang up all my clothes at the end of the day, I used to get help. But it doesn’t feel that different, it’s just all my mates have got masks on and we’re staying apart.’ 

On filming without Walsh and Cole, the actress admitted it hasn’t really sunk it yet, saying: ‘It’s only been a week and a half [of filming], it’s not long enough for me to feel like the boys are missing. 

The journey continues: The 32-year-old actress has admitted that while she finds it 'gutting' to be pressing on without the actors, she simply was 'not ready for the journey to end'

The journey continues: The 32-year-old actress has admitted that while she finds it ‘gutting’ to be pressing on without the actors, she simply was ‘not ready for the journey to end’ 

‘It almost feels like Brad’s filming something, or Tosin’s having a few days off.’  

Discussing the action in the upcoming series, Mandip admitted: ‘I have straight away noticed that I am at the forefront, I do have more lines. That is really exciting.

‘I don’t know where it’s going to go, or how long it’s going to last, but, right now, I am enjoying being at the forefront.’

On her character Yasmin’s extra confidence in series 13, Mandip confessed: ‘Even from this week of filming and what I’ve read, I’ve noticed that talking about her issues and her past has given her more confidence.

Mysterious: Mandip recently admitted that she was incredibly excited to see the Daleks in person for the first time, because of the mystery surrounding them

Mysterious: Mandip recently admitted that she was incredibly excited to see the Daleks in person for the first time, because of the mystery surrounding them

‘It feels like a weight has been lifted off her. It’s still there, and it will still affect her, but not in the same way as when she was keeping it to herself.’ 

Mandip also admitted that she was incredibly excited to see the Daleks in person for the first time, because of the mystery surrounding them. 

She explained: ‘The first time we met them, we all rushed to set because “The Daleks are on set, the Daleks are on set!” When we got there, I was like “Is there somebody inside it? I don’t get how it works, if there are cameras in there?”

‘When it’s a Cyberman you know there’s someone inside it, so you can say “How is it in there? Are you hot?”.’

Exciting! Discussing the action in the upcoming series, Mandip admitted, I have straight away noticed that I am at the forefront, I do have more lines. That is really exciting'

Exciting! Discussing the action in the upcoming series, Mandip admitted, I have straight away noticed that I am at the forefront, I do have more lines. That is really exciting’

Mandip’s latest interview came after it was confirmed Doctor Who’s festive special, Revolution of the Daleks, is set to air on BBC1 on New Year’s Day. 

The Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, and ‘the fam’ – Yaz, Ryan and Graham- will kick-off 2021 with an action-packed episode. 

Joining the cast are a selection of guests including Killing Eve’s Dame Harriet Walter, 70, who will make her debut in the show as well as The Trial of Christine Keeler’s Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, 34.

Sex And The City star Chris Noth, 66,  will also be reprising his role as the disgraced Jack Robertson, alongside John Barrowman who is returning as Captain Jack Harkness. 

Festive special: Mandip's latest interview came after it was confirmed Doctor Who's festive special, Revolution of the Daleks, is set to air on BBC1 on New Year's Day

Festive special: Mandip’s latest interview came after it was confirmed Doctor Who’s festive special, Revolution of the Daleks, is set to air on BBC1 on New Year’s Day



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