Is Bradley Walsh Jodie Whittaker’s Assistant?
♦ According to several unconfirmed news reports, the thirteenth doctor played by Jodie Whittaker will have former Coronation Street actor and quiz show host Bradley Walsh as her assistant…
Rumours have been circulating that Doctor Who’s next companion has been revealed, with Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker apparently set to be joined by none other than comedian-turned-actor Bradley Walsh, star of Coronation Street, Law & Order: UK and ITV game shows like The Chase and Cash Trapped.
According to the Daily Mirror, the 57-year-old Walsh is set to be one of the series’ only companions older than the Doctor (Whittaker is 35), with a source telling them that he’s “super excited to be joining the cast of Doctor Who in such a key role,” even though it does mean he could exit some of the ITV game shows he hosts.
But just how much is there to this story? When contacted by website RadioTimes.com, the BBC declined to comment, which could suggest there are some elements of reality to the claims – but then again their response could also serve to deflect attention from what’s really going on, letting the press and public consider the merits of Walsh (as many did when Kris Marshall was rumoured to be the Thirteenth Doctor and subsequently the companion) while another actor waits in the wings just in case.
Like Whittaker he’s worked extensively with new Who showrunner Chris Chibnall (he was the lead in Chibnall’s UK version of the Law & Order franchise) and he even has some history in the Whoniverse, having played an evil clown/Pied Piper figure in kid-friendly spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures back in 2009. And if Chibnall really is trying to appeal to a wider audience, Walsh could certainly pull in different viewers thanks to fans of his wide-ranging ITV work.
We don’t know how much truth there is to this rumour but we shall find out soon.