Bradley Walsh has been mulling over his recollections of watching Doctor Who in the First Doctor era – and of how proud he is of being in the show now. Though Doctor Who Series 11 proved divisive, most praised the performance of Walsh, who plays companion, Graham O’Brien opposite Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.
“I remember watching William Hartnell as the First Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself.
“I was petrified. But even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan. I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full-length feature film made in glorious colour.”
Cushing, of course, appeared in two movie adaptations, Dr Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150AD.
Walsh goes on:
“Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground-breaking new dawn for the Doctor? Oh yes. When I got the part of Graham, it was absolutely sensational. It’s the best job, bar none.”
And that’s why he puts up with such a punishing schedule: he has to flit between Cardiff for Doctor Who and London to present ITV gameshow, The Chase. But it’s worth it because hey, it’s Doctor Who!
Bradley returns as Graham in Doctor Who Series 12, to air in early 2020.