Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole are leaving Doctor Who in a story which Chris Chibnall describes as “very emotional”.
Their last episode will screen on New Year’s Day 2021: that’s right, it’s Revolution of the Daleks, which means that we’ve only got one more episode with Graham O’Brien and Ryan Sinclair.
This will presumably leave Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, solely travelling alongside Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor, in Doctor Who Series 13.
“It is quite sad and… ‘poignant’ is the word. You can expect a lot of poignancy from the episode… Wales has become like a second home to me and being included in something so iconic and groundbreaking with the advent of having a female Doctor, that whole thing where Chibnall sold that to me, it didn’t disappoint and I loved working with those guys. I love working with Chris Chibnall, that man is a genius but to also be working with Mandip and Tosin and of course Jodie is just extraordinary.”
Chibnall, who, as showrunner, has written the lion’s share of their episodes and who has also written them out, added:
“I hope that it feels like a good send-off for those two characters, whatever happens to them. I can tell you that it’s very emotional.
“We’ve all been in tears watching it. It’s a really important part of the mix of the special where you get lots of thrills, lots of spills, lots of humour, lots of Daleks, and lots of emotion.
“So, yeah, without spoiling anything, it’s hard, but we don’t shy away from what it means for this family to have its final moments together. It was emotional off-screen. It’s emotional on-screen.”
Tosin Cole enthuses:
“It’s been an honour to work on such a cultural institution with fans across the world. The people like me on the screen come and go, but it’s the people behind the scenes and the fans that will always be there keeping the Doctor Who world alive and exciting.”
The question now, of course, is how the pair leave. Have they outgrown the TARDIS? Is Graham ready to face a quiet home life again? Or is a death on the cards?
Cole, Walsh, and Gill all joined the team in Whittaker’s first episode, The Woman Who Fell To Earth in 2018, although they were announced in 2017; three(-ish) years is pretty good going for companions!
How do you want them to leave? Will this give Yaz the chance to develop more next season?