This just keeps getting better and better
The BBC broke new ground by casting their first female Doctor recently, but the question now on everybody’s lips is: who is going to be her companion? Well, we have our answer and it’s a little unexpected – Bradley Walsh is going to be gallivanting around the universes alongside Jodie Whittaker.
While it hasn’t been officially confirmed by the BBC, a source told The Mirror that Bradley was ‘super excited to be joining the cast of Doctor Who in such a key role’. Currently, he works as a presenter on The Chase as well as quiz shows Play to the Whistle and Cash Trapped. However the source said that Walsh would be dropping the latter two shows in order to focus on his new stint on the BBC.
The source said, ‘[Bradley Walsh’s] schedule over the coming months will be jam-packed – so he won’t be able to continue with the full range of programmes he currently makes for ITV. But crucially, it won’t affect his role as presenter of The Chase. He loves that show with a passion and so does the audience, so he’s delighted to have found a way to make it all work.’
Walsh will be replacing Doctor Who companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie. She accompanies Peter Capaldi’s version of the famous Doctor, who is expected to regenerate during the end of year Doctor Who special and be replaced with Jodie Whittaker.
It’s a big change for the beloved sci-fi series, as many of the Doctor’s companions have predominantly been women. For example, Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) kept David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston’s Doctors in line while ‘the impossible girl’ Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) kicked off Peter Capaldi’s tenure. The Doctor’s handful of male companions have previously included science teacher Ian Chesterton, alien Vislor Turlough and Captain Jack Harkness who wound up with his own spin-off show Torchwood.