Doctor Who: BBC release trailer for New Year's Day special
BBC science fiction drama Doctor Who will be returning with a festive episode tomorrow called Revolution of the Daleks. The feature-length New Year’s Day instalment sees Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole reprising their roles as assistants Graham O’Brien and Ryan Sinclair respectively one last time. But why is Walsh exiting Doctor Who after two series?
Why is Bradley Walsh leaving Doctor Who as Graham O’Brien?
Walsh was confirmed to be departing from Doctor Who in November this year following reports he was leaving.
The star appeared in the Doctor Who universe prior to landing the role of Graham, starring in spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures.
He first joined Doctor Who in 2017 as part of Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the 13th time traveller and the first female incarnation.
Walsh was part of new showrunner Chris Chibnall’s tenure and joined co-stars Cole and Mandip Gill as Yaz Khan.
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However, after two series travelling through time and space in the TARDIS, Walsh will be bowing out.
Speaking to Doctor Who TV about leaving the show, Walsh said: “Working in Wales with everyone on the crew. I have absolutely loved it, loved it.
“Wales has become like a second home to me and being included in something so iconic and ground-breaking with the advent of having a female Doctor, that whole thing where Chibnall sold that to me, it didn’t disappoint, and I loved working with those guys.”
He added: “I love working with Chris Chibnall, that man is a genius but to also be working with Mandip and Tosin and of course Jodie is just extraordinary.”
The star admitted he would miss “everyone and everything’ from the series including the episodes which saw them shooting on location in South Africa and Spain.
Walsh said his final episode, which sees him going up against iconic Doctor Who villain the Daleks, was “very dramatic” but warned it was also going to be “very sad”.
He promised the instalment would have “a lot of poignancy”, which could spell the end for Graham.
Doctor Who boss Chibnall has refused to comment on whether the door has been left open for Walsh to return – perhaps another sign it’s curtains for the character.
Fans will have to wait and see how things pan out for Graham but there’s nothing to suggest he won’t be turned into a Dalek – much like previous characters have been transformed into Cybermen.
Revolution of the Daleks will also see John Barrowman again donning his famous coat to take on Captain Jack Harkness, who will be helping the Fam in their hour of need while the Doctor remains incarcerated by the Judoon.
The Fam will be facing a Dalek alone after discovering it on Earth and Captain Jack will be on hand to save the day, even though it seems tragedy is on the cards.
This New Year’s Day special is going to be a watershed moment for the Fam, which will be splitting up.
Despite Walsh and Cole no longer being part of Doctor Who, Gill is continuing in her role and will go on many more adventures with the Time Lady.
Walsh hasn’t given a reason for walking away from the show, but he has a raft of other projects including serving as the host of the ITV quiz show The Chase.
He also fronts the series Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad, which sees him put in some extreme situations by his son Barney.
Walsh has also recorded to two albums with more possibly on the cards in the future.
So fans of Walsh can expect to still see him on screens in some capacity going forward.
Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks will air on BBC One on New Year’s Day at 6.45pm
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