SPACE chase

Doc­tor who’s com­pan­ion BRADLEY WALSH takes on deadly alien mon­sters

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BRADLEY WALSH GOT the shock of his life when Jodie Whit­taker was re­vealed as the first fe­male Doc­tor last year. And, hav­ing al­ready signed up to star in the new se­ries, he knew he was go­ing to be part of TV his­tory.

The Chase host’s jour­ney as the Time Lord’s com­pan­ion Gra­ham con­tin­ues on Sun­day, when the gang be­come marooned on a de­serted planet named Deso­la­tion, where sin­is­ter forces have been at work.

Af­ter land­ing in the mid­dle of the pres­ti­gious Twelve Gal­ax­ies Space Rally, the gang joins the two fi­nal­ists (guest stars Shaun Doo­ley and Su­san Lynch) in the hope of fi­nally lo­cat­ing the TARDIS and mak­ing their es­cape.

But the rally’s mys­te­ri­ous or­gan­iser, Ilin (Art Ma­lik), warns them not to travel af­ter dark – or risk fac­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing crea­tures that have wiped out the planet’s pop­u­la­tion.

Here, Walsh tells us more…

HOW DID YOU FIND FILM­ING IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR THIS WEEK’S EPISODE?

It was boil­ing, but we didn’t mind be­cause it was Jan­uary and re­ally cold at home. I was ex­cited be­cause it was my first alien planet!

YOU MUST HAVE BEEN THRILLED TO GET THE PART OF GRA­HAM… I’ve known [Doc­tor Who showrun­ner] Chris Chib­nall for years as we did Law & Or­der: UK to­gether. He called me and said he had some­thing for me. We went for lunch and he told me it was a big drama and they were mak­ing a big change.

SO YOU AGREED TO DO IT BE­FORE YOU KNEW WHAT IT WAS? Yes, I did! Then a cou­ple of weeks later Chris told me it was Doc­tor Who, but they never told me who the Doc­tor was. Then I found out it was Jodie and it all started to make sense.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE STAR­RING ALONG­SIDE THE FIRST FE­MALE DOC­TOR? I think Jodie’s cast­ing is a stroke of ge­nius and hope­fully she’s a trail­blazer for other women.

WHAT ARE YOUR EAR­LI­EST MEM­O­RIES OF Doc­tor Who? The first two Doc­tors, Wil­liam Hart­nell and Pa­trick Troughton, I re­mem­ber well, but af­ter that I was more in­ter­ested in play­ing foot­ball, so com­ing back to it now has been a joy.

HOW DID YOU FIT IN THE NINE-MONTH SHOOT WITH BE­ING HOST OF The Chase? Some­times I have to rush from one to an­other. If Gra­ham ever gets sucked into a black hole for a week, that’s be­cause I’m do­ing The Chase!

BRADLEY WALSH AS GRA­HAM WITH JODIE WHIT­TAKERAS THE DOC­TOR

THE GANG ARE MAROONED ON A DE­SERTED PLANET

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