From the moment she literally crashed onto the scene in The Woman Who Fell to Earth, Jodie Whittaker hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped. Whittaker’s thirteenth Doctor embodies all the energy, cleverness and heroism of the Doctor. I’d like to see her face more challenging villains and monsters but there’s no doubt ‒ she’s the Doctor.
Bradley Walsh is by far the standout companion actor in Series 11. Who could forget Graham’s poignant expressions of grief? Graham also proved to be wise when he advised other characters. Walsh also deftly delivered some of the funniest lines in the series.
Sharon D Clarke
We all know a superb actor when we see one. Sharon D Clarke made Grace real frome her very first scene. She was able to breathe life into Grace in a way that let us know who she was almost immediately.
Susan Lynch, The Ghost Monument
Angstrom is a very different character from Anna in Killing Eve. I didn’t recognise her as the same actress at first. Susan Lynch played Angstrom’s grit, determination and, ultimately, empathy in a way that you couldn’t help but root for Angstrom to win the Twelve Galaxies Space Rally.
Vinette Robinson, Rosa
Vinette Robinson’s performance was the highlight of what I felt was an episode with a weak narrative and a pathetic 79th century villain. I don’t think this episode would have become a fan favorite if weren’t for Robinson’s masterful performance as Rosa Parks.
Trevor White, Rosa
Trevor White managed to play a notorious antagonist without making James Blake a two-dimensional caricature. Blake stands out as the true threat in Rosa, with Krasko being an easily-thwarted interloper.
Jack Shalloo, The Tsuranga Conundrum
Jack Shalloo gave a moving, life-affirming performance as a young man who becomes a father by giving birth.
David Shields, The Tsuranga Conundrum
David Shields gave an unforgettable performance as the devoted android Ronan. Shields portrayed Ronan’s calm, ethereal manner pitch-perfect.
Leena Dhingra, Demons of the Punjab
Yaz’s sassy Nani Umbreen was played by the delightful Leena Dhingra. Her performance, though brief, was engrossing.
Ellie Wallwork, It Takes You Away
A month before principal photography for Series 11, Andy Pryor, the casting director for Doctor Who, put out a call for a blind actress to play a teenage girl in a then-unnamed BBC drama. His call cast a wide net as it didn’t require prior acting experience. Ellie Wallwork, a talented actress who did have prior experience, answered the call and won the role. She gave a masterful performance as Hanne, an imperiled yet determined, intuitive and resourceful girl younger than Wallwork’s actual age.
Daniel Adegboyega, Resolution
Daniel Adegboyega had the difficult task of making a character who had made so many poor decisions that hurt others sympathetic. He effectively conveyed something to which we can all relate without appearing insincere. Aaron’s prior absences were due to shame because he wrongly believed that his past mistakes were irredeemable and unforgivable.