It might be wise to take this news with enough grains of salt to fill up a Dalek, but the BBC has reportedly selected Doctor Who‘s next companion.
According to the Daily Mirror, Jodie Whittaker, whose casting last month as the franchise’s first female Doctor caused a controversy among select Whovians, will travel through time and relative dimensions in space alongside Coronation Street actor Bradley Walsh. The British Broadcasting Corporation, however, has not offered any confirmation at this time.
One tidbit granting the casting credence to the rumor is Walsh’s history with incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall, who will take over the reins of the property from longtime Who architect Steven Moffat midway through this year’s Christmas Special. During the eight-season run of ITV’s Law and Order UK, Chibnall operated as lead writer on the serialized crime drama with Walsh starring in the role of DS Ronnie Brooks.
A male sidekick would continue the studio’s focus on gender reversals, since the property has predominantly had female companions such as Billie Piper’s Rose, Jenna Coleman’s Clara and Freema Agyeman’s Martha since its reboot back in 2005. Legends of Tomorrow star Arthur Darvill was a mainstay during the bulk of Matt Smith’s tenure as the property’s eleventh Doctor, but his character Rory was one-third of a leading trio including Karen Gillan’s Amy.
Doctor Who will return to the BBC and BBC America when “Twice Upon a Time” airs this Christmas.
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