Bradley Walsh was something of a surprise name to be added to the line-up of Doctor Who companions, but the actor and presenter has spoken about his pride for Doctor Who Series 11 – and how he remembers the show’s early days!
In the past, we’ve heard of numerous stars who don’t like watching themselves on TV; Walsh, however, has a different take on the idea:
“I hope I’ll be watching it live. Why would I escape the country? Why would you do that? Why would you not watch a product you’re so proud of? I can’t wait to watch it in the cold light of day. I think everyone on the show has worked so hard on it, and it’s something everyone should be very proud of.”
It’s lovely to hear such enthusiasm for the series, and though he did miss out on Doctor Who while he was training to be a footballer, he does recall:
“It was very exciting when [new showrunner] Chris Chibnall, and [executive producer] Matt Strevens took me to lunch and asked me about the role. I used to watch Doctor Who as a child with William Hartnell and Pat Troughton in the black-and-white days, so being cast is brilliant.”
Walsh plays Graham O’Brien alongside Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, and Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair. But unlike his co-stars, he’s already been part of the Doctor Who universe – as Elijah Spellman (above) in The Day of the Clown. He says:
“I loved doing that actually; I was made up. And I’ve re-kindled a friendship with Nikki Wilson, one of the executive producers on Doctor Who because she was the producer of that show, that spin-off Sarah-Jane Adventures.”
And in The Sarah Jane Adventures, he really proved what a wonderful actor he is. If you doubt it, we encourage you to seek the episodes out!
Doctor Who Series 11 is expected to air in October 2018.