After months of speculating and the big reveal of who will play the new Doctor, the attention has now turned to the companion. But has it just been confirmed?
As we know, Jodie Whittaker will be appearing on our screens next year as the Thirteenth Doctor, but we still don’t know who will be playing her companion (or companions). Fear not though faithful Whovian, for the rumour mill is back in operation and has started churning out random actors who could play the part.
According to the Daily Mirror, actor and presenter Bradley Walsh will be stepping aboard the TARDIS as the new companion for series 11.
A ‘source’ told the Daily Mirror:
“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.”
The BBC has neither confirmed nor denied the rumour.
Best known for presenting game shows including The Chase and Cash Trapped, Walsh is no stranger to the Whoniverse, having appeared as Odd Bob/Elijah Spellman The Pied Piper in The Sarah Jane Adventures. He has also starred as DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order UK, the lead writer of which was none other than the new Doctor Who show runner, Chris Chibnall.
Though recent companions have been young women – and the occasional dim-witted boyfriend – Chibnall has already shaken up the dynamic with a female Doctor, proving anything is possible. So could we be seeing an older companion with the 57 year old Bradley Walsh?
Only time will tell.