Comedian, singer and actor Bradley Walsh proved an unexpected addition to the TARDIS team when he was announced in October last year. But Walsh has embraced the challenge as Graham O’Brien and bonded quickly with his co-stars.
“I love being part of an ensemble. I love it. Jodie leads from the front and she’s fun and she’s upbeat and she keeps it all together – it’s great,” said the 58-year-old actor. “Working with Jodie, Mandip and Tosin and the different directors that are coming in, and this fantastic crew – that’s the thing I’m enjoying most about being on Doctor Who.”
“This new dawn for Doctor Who will be GROUND-breaking and exciting and fantastic and unpredictable and beautiful and timeless.”
Naturally, Walsh had nothing but praise for his Doctor. “I’m telling you now, this is going to be so brilliant. Jodie is fantastic! She works so hard and is so enthusiastic. She leads from the front and she’ll trailblaze for a lot of other shows.”
When asked how the public will react to the Thirteenth Doctor, Walsh said, “I think they’re going to be excited by Jodie and I’ll tell you for why… Not only is she an exceptional actress, the energy she brings, because she’s still so young, the energy she brings is extraordinary. To keep up with her is hard work!”
“To keep up with [Jodie] is hard work!”
Bradley Walsh has been a consistent television presence for decades. Formerly a footballer at Brentford, an ankle injury put an end to his sports career in his twenties. A short stint presenting Wheel of Fortune for ITV in the late nineties made him a household name, after which he would go on to numerous presenting and acting roles. Walsh spent two years playing Danny Baldwin for another British institution – Coronation Street – as well as roles in Law & Order: UK and The Sarah Jane Adventures. He’s also presented game shows like The Chase and released his first album in 2016. Bradley Walsh has an IMDB page longer than my arm so please check out Andrea’s fantastic guide to his career.