‘I just tag along and make the tea...’

Bradley Walsh is lov­ing his new role as the Doc­tor’s trusty com­pan­ion

Woman's Own - - CELEB INTERVIEW -

How’s the new job trav­el­ling through time go­ing for you?

As the com­pan­ion of the Doc­tor, you’ll no­tice I just tag along and ba­si­cally make the tea. I don’t lis­ten to her. I’m be­fud­dled with what hap­pens in the uni­verse. The Doc­tor cer­tainly knows what’s hap­pen­ing.

Is it true you didn’t know Jodie Whit­taker was the new Doc­tor when you signed up for the part?

I only found out with the rest of the na­tion that Jodie would be the first fe­male Doc­tor when they showed the trailer dur­ing Wim­ble­don fort­night and re­vealed it was Jodie. I thought it was fan­tas­tic.

But you knew who she was?

I’d seen Jodie in Broad­church and thought she was bril­liant. To be hon­est, I’m thrilled to be part of it be­cause this is a show that’s seen around the world so it’s ground-break­ing glob­ally. I al­ways want to do some­thing dif­fer­ent, and get in­volved in some­thing evolv­ing. I keep think­ing, ‘I’m in Doc­tor Who, how

did that hap­pen?’

‘I’m thrilled to be part of Doc­tor Who’

What’s the chem­istry like be­tween you and Jodie?

We have such a laugh. I’ve worked on the show for nine months and Jodie has done a fan­tas­tic job. How she learns the pages and pages of di­a­logue I just don’t know. It’s a proper drama now, with each episode a stand­alone story. The char­ac­ters de­velop through­out the se­ries but each new ad­ven­ture is self-con­tained. All-new worlds, all­new aliens. but we do re­visit some of the old favourites.

Are you still read­ing only your own lines in the script, Bradley?

Yes. Dickie, you know me too well!

Do you sing in the se­ries?

There’s an episode where we land in a night­club and Frank Si­na­tra’s ill with a mi­graine and I step in and sing with a big band. Dean Martin walks on and I do six months in Las Ve­gas. They go to an­other planet and I just stay there on a res­i­dency!

And I as­sume there’s an­other al­bum out in time for Christ­mas...

You got it! Can you imag­ine be­ing stuck with me in the TARDIS?

We hear Theresa May is a fan of The Chase...

I think that’s fan­tas­tic. I wish her luck in a very, very try­ing time.

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