If you haven’t heard a good bit of the Doctor Who season 11 buzz as of yet, Bradley Walsh is heavily rumored to be the new Companion. Here’s the twist: He’s not necessarily someone with a lot of free time in his schedule. He does host the popular show The Chase, and in general he has more gigs than the standard actor who gets hired to do this show. Doctor Who is not some fly-by-night production; it’s a job that really requires you to work a good eight or nine months of the year, and beyond that there are promotional gigs really all over the world — plus conventions, if you want to make some more money by going to meet fans and sign autographs.
One of the larger questions that has come out regarding Walsh is simply this: Would he continue to host The Chase, even in the event that he got hired on Doctor Who in the future? Judging from his comments to The Mirror (the BBC sci-fi show was not even brought up during the discussions here), it certainly seems as though he wants to still pull double-duty:
“As long as they continue to ask me, I’ll continue to make it! … I just love working, it doesn’t feel like work, it’s not a proper job really is it, and as long as it feels like that, I’ll continue to do it.”
Ultimately, Bradley Walsh should find a way to have a year open in his schedule in order to do this show. Beyond that, we’ll just have to wait and see what the story and new showrunner Chris Chibnall wants. There are some Companions who do last for several years, think in terms of Karen Gillan or Jenna Coleman. However, there are also some Companions a la Pearl Mackie who do one season and that’s it. There is a whole lot of variance with the job, with one of the biggest reasons for that being just that this story tends to fluctuate a great deal and there are also many things that the writers may want to do with characters as the story evolves. They may bring someone on for years, but then change things up after a year in the event that things are not working.
Walsh, if his casting is in fact true, will join Jodie Whittaker on the new season of the show. Doctor Who season 11 will premiere on the BBC presumably in 2018, though that has not been confirmed as of yet. Theoretically, it’s possible that it may not be until later depending on the filming schedule.
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If you head over to the link here, you can see some additional insight into just how big the reach is regarding Jodie’s casting on the show. (Photo: BBC.)