Bradley Walsh breaks silence on Doctor Who replacement amid Jodie Whittaker exit bombshell

BRADLEY Walsh believes his Doctor Who replacement John Bishop will do "fantastically well" on the BBC One series.

The Chase host opened up on leaving his role as Graham O'Brien, the Doctor's Companion, and revealed he hoped comedian John would get the chance to make some witty remarks in the Sci-Fi series.

Bradley, 60, spent two years on the BBC One series but his supernatural shoes will now be filled by John, 54, taking on the role of newbie Companion Dan.

It comes as the Time Lord, played by Jodie Whittaker, will also be switched up following her departure after the current Doctor Who series.

Speaking on The One Show, Bradley said: "Well actually I have spoken to Bish a few times.

"Bishy is a pal of mine, and he is going to do fantastically well. Bish is a fine actor.

"He has worked with Ken Loach and everyone, so Bish knows exactly what he is doing.

"He is a fine actor and a funny dude.

"I just hope he can get some funny lines in 'cause when you are my age – our age, forgive me – when you are our age on the show you get the chance to do some quirky quips so hopefully he'll get away with a few of those."

John has already starting filming with the cast, shooting scenes in November, and will make his first appearance when series 13 kicks off on BBC One later this year.

John, who has been battling Covid over Christmas with wife Melanie, previously told how it was a dream come true to join the hit show.

He said: “If I could tell my younger self that one day I would be asked to step on board the Tardis, I would never have believed it.

“It’s an absolute dream come true to be joining Doctor Who and I couldn’t wish for better company than Jodie and Mandip.”

Meanwhile, adding to the changes, actress Jodie revealed she'd be quitting her role as the Doctor after her third year.

She became the first female star to take on the role of the famous character back in 2017, and her departure will maintain the tradition of the Doctor regenerating after three stints in the TARDIS.

The Mirror report that Jodie is keen to take on new roles, with producers preparing for the next regeneration.

An insider told the publication: "Her departure is top secret but at some point over the coming months the arrival of the 14th Doctor will need to be filmed. It’s very exciting."

Meanwhile Hollywood legend Whoopi Goldberg has her sights set on becoming the first ever American Doctor.

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