ecently Whovians have seen plastered across the tabloids that the new companion to our “FIRST” Female Doctor may be Bradley Walsh. The BBC has neither confirmed nor denied this rumour. It has been a few days and we have yet to receive confirmation on whoever will be accompanying the Doctor on her new travels.
According to the Daily Mirror; Walsh aged 57, which makes him older than the actor portraying the Doctor, is said to be excited to be joining the cast of Doctor Who. This, however, means that he’ll have to be stepping down from the game shows he’s involved in for ITV. Upon being questioned, the BBC declined to offer a passing comment on the said rumour. So there could be in some way an element of truth. This won’t be Walsh’s first involvement in the universe of Who as he was last seen in a two-part episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures where he portrayed the child-snatching alien who we recorded in history as the Pied Piper.
Like Whittaker, he too has worked with new head-writer Chris Chibnall, so it could possibly mean for his first series Chibnall is choosing actors that he feels comfortable with and well suited for the job. However, with the amounts of leaks and rumours proving to be true I can see Bradley Walsh having a rather large role in the upcoming series. Whether it’ll be as the companion or a family member of the companion. Who knows? Time will tell. But I don’t know how I feel about the news of Walsh being the new companion. Don’t get me wrong he’s a great actor and I certainly like him in Law and Order: UK. I just think that he’s a bit too old for the role of the companion as Jodie Whittaker is currently 35.
Many fans have taken to social media to either praise or express their sheer disapproval of the announcement.
One fan Twitter wrote:
“Bradley Walsh could be anything. The report says he’s excited for a long term Who role. He could be the fecking Monk for all they know.”
Whilst another joked:
“If Bradley Walsh is the new companion in #DoctorWho he better say “the chase is on” in every single episode”
Fellow Doctor Who actor Matt Lucas tweeted his approval of the announcement with the hashtag #TeamBradley.