British newspaper The Mirror has apparently revealed the surprising identity of the next actor to play the role of the companion on Doctor Who. Since July, we’ve known that Jodie Whittaker would be portraying the Thirteenth Doctor from season 11 onwards, but we were never told who she’d be travelling through time and space with… until now (possibly).
The Mirror are claiming that an unnamed source from the BBC has revealed to them that 57-year-old actor and quiz show host Bradley Walsh has been cast as Doctor Who‘s next companion. Though he may not be a household name, Walsh is a popular figure on British TV due to his many acting roles and presenting gigs. The outlet’s source says “Bradley is super excited to be joining the cast of Doctor Who in such a key role,” though once again, there’s no confirmation on this just yet.
Not only that, but there’s definitely reason to be suspicious of The Mirror’s report. For one, Walsh would, on the surface, be a totally different type of companion from what we’re used to seeing – in terms of gender and age. He’s also a very prolific personality on the screen and would surely have to shut down his various projects to do Doctor Who full time, which he might not want to do.
Then again, it might not be that far-fetched. After all, Walsh has previously worked with incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall before, on crime drama Law & Order: UK. And as we all know, Chibnall has shown that he likes recasting actors he’s familiar with, as he already knew Whittaker from Broadchucrch. So who knows? There may be some truth to The Mirror’s report.
Really, we’ll just have to wait and see. But if Bradley Walsh has indeed been cast as the next companion, tell us, do you think he’ll be a good fit for Doctor Who? Or would you have preferred someone else in the role? Sound off in the usual place and let us know!