Freema Agyeman: “Bradley Walsh Would Be Brilliant As The Doctor’s Companion!”

Following the rumours which started circulating last week, started by the Mirror, that Bradley Walsh may have been cast as the companion of the Thirteenth Doctor, Freema Agyeman has remarked in an interview with the Guardian that she thinks the 57 year old actor, game show host and former professional footballer – who’s previously featured in a Sarah Jane Adventures story – would be “brilliant” in the role.

The rumours have not yet been confirmed. After the Kris Marshall ‘incident’ earlier this year (the tabloids reckoned he’d been cast as the next Doctor) we should be very cautious about believing any apparent casting leaks.

However, what’s remarkable about this interview in The Guardian is that both the interviewer and Agyeman are already taking the ‘announcement’ as being a fact. Gavin Haynes, the interviewer, added as a footnote to Freema’s comment “is it true that Bradley Walsh is going to be the new assistant?” that “It is.”

It seems everyone, even the broadsheets, is taking the rumour as a fact – another Guardian article reporting specifically on the Bradley Walsh rumour features an image caption which reads “Bradley Walsh is to join Doctor Who as Jodie Whittaker’s assistant”.

So the press is pretty certain that the source who informed The Mirror of the casting ‘news’ is reliable, but I’d be very careful about believing leaks like this, particularly as we had no hurried announcement from the BBC following the publication of the story, as has happened in similar situations in the past.

Only time (and space!) will tell, I suppose, but until Jodie Whittaker’s companion is officially announced, it seems the media are going to stick by the story they’ve decided to make ‘official’.

  • Rick714

    Let’s get the train moving! I guess there’s not much to say at this point since they may not even start filming until next year but I wish they’d at the very least lay out a tentative schedule. The longer they keep us in the dark, the more we’ll wonder if Chibs actually has his act together.

  • ColeBox

    I know that Freema worked with Bradley on Law and Order UK, but I wonder… Has any former cast member or crew ever heard of a new casting and publicly said, “WHAT!?! That’s a terrible idea!”

    • DonnaM

      Professional positivity all round. I’m sure Freema and everyone else involved in the show in the past twelve years would find something enthusiastic to say if the new companion was that talking cabbage. Or Handles mark II.

      I’m still profoundly sceptical about the Walsh rumour – and until there’s a BBC announcement I’ll stay that way whatever The Guardian might say…

      • Bob James

        Everyone in the Whoniverse seems to be over the moon about everything in the current state of things. As someone tuning most of this out (I actually only really hear about it here), I wish everyone who is keeping an open mind, would do just that. And wait an see how this all plays out. Who is already on the wacky, where it has never gone before voyage.

  • Simon Danes

    The best male companion for the new Doctor would be Robert Peston.