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Bradley Walsh starts Doctor Who filming ‘next week’

New Doctor Who companion Bradley Walsh has revealed that he begins filming on Doctor Who next week.

The actor and entertainer shared the news with Sunday Brunch hosts Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy whilst appearing on the show today (12th November) to promote his new album, When You’re Smiling.

Although filming for Doctor Who’s eleventh series is already underway, Walsh revealed that his time with the show starts ‘next week’, saying:

“I am in Doctor Who, yeah. That starts next week sometime. We’ve all met.”

Walsh also enthused about joining the show, reminiscing about his earliest days as a Doctor Who fan:

“I watched it as a young boy – William Hartnell was in it, and then Patrick Troughton – and it was in black and white and very evocative.

“And then I remember getting bought a Dalek, I drove my mum and dad mad… fifty years later I may get to play with real Daleks!”

Walsh revealed earlier this week on The One Show that he did not have to audition for his Doctor Who role as new companion Graham, saying that he ‘just got asked’ to do it by incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Speaking to Alex Jones and guest presenter Sally Phillips on Friday’s show, he also provided a unique – if at times dubious – insight into his first ‘covert’ script meeting in Cardiff:

“I walked up and I had to have my ID with me, just like an airport, getting into the reading room… I had to go through a scanner then you were taken in this big, big room, massive like a warehouse room, painted black.

“There was eight of us sitting around a table right in the middle, with a light on the top. Black envelopes with the script in them, with your names embossed in gold, and they were given to you and you had to open them at the same time. You’ve never seen anything like it.

“And then at the end of the reading, we all stood up and sang ‘Delilah’ by Tom Jones in a ring, me, couple of Cybermen, a Dalek… it’s like being in the Masons.”

Earlier in the show Walsh – who will be joining Jodie Whittaker’s new Doctor alongside fellow newcomers Mandip Gill (Yasmin) and Tosin Cole (Ryan) – described his feelings on becoming a part of Doctor Who:

“Well, I think it’s brilliant. I think it’s great that it’s a female Doctor, and I’m really proud and privileged to be a part of it.”

Doctor Who returns this Christmas with Twice Upon A Time. The eleventh series of Doctor Who is due to follow in Autumn 2018.

[Source: Digital Spy]