Point break?

DOC­TORS RE­TURNS – WITH ROB REEL­ING FROM BREN’S SHOCK DEATH…

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There’s heart­break as the medics at The Mill re­turn from their summer break this week, with the lo­cal nick in lock­down after Bren’s sud­den death. Officer Rob was in charge at the time, and as the tragedy un­folds, actor Chris Walker – who plays him – ad­mits his tor­tured al­ter ego is in for a ter­ri­ble ride…

What is Rob’s state of mind?

He’s in a very bad place. He’s strug­gling with what hap­pened to Bren, though tech­ni­cally he didn’t do any­thing wrong. But he should have ad­mit­ted he was suf­fer­ing post-trau­matic stress [after wit­ness­ing a de­cap­i­ta­tion while at­tend­ing the scene of a car ac­ci­dent] and hav­ing black­outs as a re­sult.

How can he face Bren’s daugh­ter, Aye­sha?

Aye­sha wants to point the fin­ger of blame, and Rob was there when

Bren died. There’s more to come – his job hangs in the bal­ance.

Will his re­la­tion­ship with wife Karen see him through?

Rob and Karen’s mar­riage is strong, and she’ll al­ways sup­port him. But he’ll push her to the edge, and things will be touch-and-go…

What ad­vice would you give him if he were your friend?

I’d tell him that he has to get help. But Rob is any old­fash­ioned guy and doesn’t want to ad­mit weak­ness. He has to deal with it him­self.

Are you enjoying get­ting your teeth into this story?

Ab­so­lutely! I’ve re­searched PTSD with real of­fi­cers, and it changes your per­son­al­ity. So I’ll be play­ing a dif­fer­ent kind of Rob.

How do you feel about your nom­i­na­tion as In­side Soap’s Best Day­time Star?

It’s won­der­ful – thank you! We are a happy ship at Doc­tors, and work­ing on the show is a joy – it’s un­like any other pro­gramme on tele­vi­sion.

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