Doctor Who: John Bishop exits after one series as star shares concerns? ‘Hope he stays!

Doctor Who: Sue Jenkins discusses working with John Bishop

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Whittaker’s 13th Doctor will be regenerating after the current series and three more specials are still to come in 2022. It’s still unknown whether her latest co-star John Bishop will be along for the ride, but newcomer and Coronation Street star Sue Jenkins has given her support for the Liverpudlian to remain a part of the iconic BBC sci-fi for years to come.

Jenkins’ recent comments have confirmed the length of Bishop’s tenure in the series has yet to be decided.

The Corrie star appeared on Morning Live on Friday to discuss her role as Dan’s mum Eileen in episode two of the new series, War of the Sontarans.

She also raised her hopes for Bishop to continue on as a companion for the Time Lord, despite Whittaker’s impending regeneration.

“One thing I do hope is I hope John Bishop stays,” she said.

The fellow Liverpudlian is looking forward to more family moments between Dan and his parents Eileen and Neville (Paul Broughton).

She continued: “At some point he [can] come back and goes, ‘Mam, Dad, have you got the Scouse on?’”

Jenkins laughed and added: “And we’ll be in it again!”

Eileen and Neville held their own against the Sontaran troops in the latest chapter of the new series, titled Flux.

They have already proven themselves worthy companions to the time-travelling hero, but the Lewis family’s role in the series is still up in the air.

Whittaker’s departure was announced earlier this year, along with Doctor Who’s current showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Previous Doctors have inherited the companions of the former in the past, including Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).

However, returning showrunner Russell T Davies may want to start with a clean slate when he takes over again for series 14.

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Popular choices for the next incarnation include Davies’ It’s A Sin stars Olly Alexander and Lydia West.

Casting for the companions is also yet to be confirmed, but Jenkins has thrown Bishop’s hat in the ring to return for at least one more series.

On working with the comedian and actor, she said: “I was just so delighted.

“Obviously to be a part of Doctor Who, but then to know I was working with John Bishop.”

“We had such a lovely time, and we clicked straight away. I didn’t know John, personally, but I knew his work.

“We just literally clicked as a family straight away, and we had the most brilliant week in Cardiff. It was so special.”

Jenkins and Broughton may just appear in one episode of the new series as the actress confirmed they were just filming for a week.

Even so, they have already proven popular with Doctor Who fans, so showrunner Davies may be tempted to bring them back when he takes back the reins next year.

Doctor Who: Flux continues Sundays on BBC One.


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