In what immediately seems like highly unlikely news, newspapers are reporting that Bradley Walsh will play the Thirteenth Doctor’s companion in Series 11.
You might know Walsh, 57, from The Chase, but he does have an acting history too, his credits including Coronation Street, Law & Order UK (with Freema Agyeman), and even The Sarah Jane Adventures – in 2008’s Day of the Clown. And you know, admittedly, he was fantastic in it. So if you’re sceptical, be optimistic too.
But ignore the papers: he’s not been “revealed”; merely rumoured.
A unnamed (because they always are) source apparently said:
“Bradley is super excited to be joining the cast of Doctor Who in such a key role. It means that his schedule over the coming months will be jam-packed – so he won’t be able to continue with the full range of programmes he currently makes for ITV. But, crucially, it won’t affect his role as presenter of The Chase. He loves that show with a passion and so does the audience, so he’s delighted to have found a way to make it all work.”
This was first reported by The Mirror, who has a surprising history (albeit recent history) of getting it right, including the 2016 break, and that Peter Capaldi will leave the show at the end of this year.
What do you make of it? If it is Bradley, how do you feel about it? Will Doctor Who become a joke? Or will he surprise us all…?