Unless you’re a fan of British teen soap operas, or an eagle-eyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens viewer, you probably don’t recognize Tosin Cole.Best known for his roles in The Cut, EastEnders: E20, and Hollyoaks (said British teen soap operas), Cole is one of three new companions set to travel through all of space and time with the Thirteenth Doctor.Playing Ryan to Bradley Walsh’s Graham and Mandip Gill’s Yasmin, the 25-year-old self-proclaimed sneakerhead entered showbiz less than a decade ago.With a few stage credits—including modern Julius Caesar retelling Wasted!—under his belt, Cole in 2010 made his screen debut in BBC series The Cut. And later secured the role of Sol Levi in EastEnders: E20, a Web-based spin-off of the Beeb’s popular London-set soap.Tosin Cole (and his adorable face) will join the Thirteenth Doctor in the TARDIS next year (via BBC)Working his way up (er … down?) the ladder, Cole was cast as Hollyoaks regular Neil Cooper from 2011-12. During his 84-episode stint on the Channel 4 teen drama, the English actor shared nine episodes with future Doctor Who colleague Gill (who played Phoebe McQueen between for three years).A few neglected movie and TV appearances and a bit part (as Red Four) in 2015’s highest-grossing film later, Cole has landed the gig of a lifetime (albeit short lifetime).In a surprise announcement last week, the BBC revealed its latest stars, thrusting relative unknowns Cole and Gill into the spotlight.Cole as Sol in “EastEnders: E20” (via BBC)“I’m grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team,” Cole said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe.”Only 13 when the classic sci-fi show was resurrected by Russell T. Davies in 2005, Cole has shown no previous interest in or knowledge of the Whoniverse. Then again, neither did Pearl Mackie, whose tour de force as Twelfth Doctor companion Bill Potts still gives me chills.Newcomers Cole and Gill can expect to be at the center of media scrutiny over the next nine months, leading up to Doctor Who‘s full return in autumn 2018.Keep an eye on Geek for more on the new cast (including Sharon D. Clarke in a mysterious recurring role) and upcoming season (which has landed director Jamie Childs). HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.