Graham O’Brien is leaving the TARDIS in the upcoming festive special, Revolution of the Daleks, so what’s been actor, Bradley Walsh’s favourite episode that he’s filmed?
O’Brien joined the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) on her travels in The Woman Who Fell to Earth, and has faced off against Daleks, Cybermen, and the Master.
He’s gone with one of the most well-received episodes of Doctor Who Series 11, Rosa, which was as near to a classic historical adventure as we’d got in years.
“I mean my favourite episode of all the shows… I think I’ve made 22 now… was the Rosa Parks one, by a country mile. And how relevant has that now been, over the last year?
“I think Chris Chibnall himself is not frightened to confront stuff like this. And I think that’s great. And I think the fact that we have someone like the boss… and the boss is Jodie Whittaker by the way, the boss of the acting department… is great.
“Her compassion, her thoughts, and the way she wants to live her life, in every day, comes across onscreen. And she’s a very compassionate woman. She really is. And her humility and everything is off the radar.”
Bradley also praised how the series has tackled real-life issues, including climate change in Orphan 55, the plastic emergency in Praxeus, and depression in Can You Hear Me?. He said:
“You want to portray a story and people that have something in common with the people that are viewing the show. So whether it be a cancer issue. Whether it be mental health. Or a fear of spiders! And you’ve got to try and deal with it in such a compassionate way as well.”
Sadly, O’Brien was on the tail-end of the Doctor not being compassionate, when he revealed he was concerned about his cancer returning, and the Time Lord could do little to reassure him. It remains a divisive scene.
Revolution of the Daleks airs on New Year’s Day 2021.