It has been about a month since we received the news that a female will be taking on the role of the Doctor, for the first time in the show's history! The 13th Doctor to be played by Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker, is going to get a new companion for the 11th season as well. And rumours of who it is going to be, is already spreading all over the internet.
According to The Mirror, the new executive producer of Doctor Who Chris Chibnall (replacing Steven Moffat) has decided to change direction for the upcoming season. First casting as the Doctor, and now switching from casting young women as the companion, to a Male companion. Though we have seen male companions before, there has always been a female by the Doctor's side. As rumour has it, this time the young female Doctor (actually over 2000 years old) will be accompanied by the male actor Bradley Walsh, 57.
The English actor is famous for his role in Coronation Street as Danny Baldwin and DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK (of which the lead writer was Chibnall). In addition to that, he his also known for hosting game shows: The Chase and Cash Trapped, among others.
"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 programs he currently makes for ITV." a source claimed, regarding his rumored role in Doctor Who.
"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."
Regardless, it is still a rumor as BBC has declined to comment on the matter. Therefore it is hard to determine whether he has actually been given the role. We just have to wait for BBC to officially announce it (hopefully sometime soon).