According to reports TV star Bradley Walsh, 57, is in the frame to play Doctor Who‘s new sidekick in the first female-led version of the show.
BBC execs buckled to the trend earlier this year when they named Jodie Whittaker as the first-ever female Doctor and Whittaker – who was recently unveiled as the new Time Lord – is set to make her debut in the forthcoming Christmas special.
Although reports have not been confirmed by the BBC, Walsh or Whittaker, fans have already expressed their excitement online.
Actor Matt Lucas, who was a sidekick to Peter Capaldi‘s Doctor, wrote on Twitter: “No idea if the story about Bradley Walsh being in Doctor Who is true, but if it is then I love it. #TeamBradley.”
Watford-born entertainer Walsh, who presents The Chase quiz show on ITV, previously starred in Coronation Street and recently enjoyed success with a singing career.
The BBC casting is still top secret. But funnyman Walsh has told friends he is thrilled — even if it means he will have to lighten his ITV presenting workload.
A source said: “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.”
Recent companions for the Tardis-dweller have all been played by young women, including Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman and Jenna Coleman.
The report has yet to be confirmed. That said, it wouldn’t be surprising, (albeit a little disappointing), to see the slow-to-change Beeb shy away from the idea of having TWO women in Tardis. But I’ve always believed two women are better than one.
And most of my male friends agree!