Buckle up guys, it’s going to get very rough. After the social media storm that surrounded Jodie Whittaker’s appointment as Doctor Who – it’s now being reported that an equally controversial figure is being lined up to join Jodie Whittaker in the Tardis. That man is, reportedly, Bradley Walsh.
The news comes via the UK’s Daily Mirror newspaper, which has revealed Bradley Walsh has already been cast in the role. A source within the BBC stated;
“Bradley is super excited to be joining the cast of Doctor Who in such a key role.
“It means that his 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”
Bradley Walsh is a well-known figure in British television, having made his name in a number of acting and presenting roles. The actor featured very heavily on ITV’s Coronation Street from 2004, becoming one of the shows most popular characters. Since leaving in 2007, the television actor has starred in television roles across many platforms – including Law and Order (which stars former Doctor Who alumni Freema Agyeman).
In recent years, he’s made a name for himself as a versatile television presenter – fronting ITV’s insanely popular Chase programme. He’s also helmed various other programmes during his tenure at ITV.
I have to say, I’m not so thrilled about this potential. Don’t get me wrong, Chibnall can do whatever he wants with Doctor Who. But Bradley Walsh feels like an insanely left field choice. Katherine Tate is the closest I can think of from the existing pool of companions on the show, but this feels so weird. There’s potential for them to prove me wrong here – but Bradley Walsh isn’t the first name I’d have chosen for this role.
That’s nothing to do with his age. It’s just that I don’t think he’s a solid fit for the role. Jodie Whittaker a million times yes. This, not so. I hope it’s wrong – and until the BBC announce it officially, take it with a mountain of salt.
What do you think? Is this a good move for the BBC?