Doctor Who: BBC release trailer for New Year's Day special
Doctor Who will be making a comeback on New Year’s Day with fans treated to a fresh adventure involving the Time Lady (played by Jodie Whittaker) and her friends as they face her mortal enemies the Daleks. The BBC series will be witnessing a cast shake-up with companions Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) and Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh) both leaving the series. Lead star Whittaker addressed the end of the Doctor Who Fam in a recent Q&A with media including Express.co.uk.
Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks airs on BBC One on New Year’s Day at 6.45pm.
The episode will see Cole and Walsh bowing out after being part of the series for two series since 2017, helping to launch Whittaker’s era as the iconic time traveller and the first female incarnation of the Doctor.
Whittaker confirmed it was end of the current Doctor Who line-up as fans knew it, saying: “Well as the the Doctor, I will say that the family of four is no more.”
She went on to say how devastated she was by the joint exit, explaining how Cole and Walsh had to “carry” her back to her trailer after they filmed their final scenes together.
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The actress said: “I’ve not cried like that for such a long time. I mean, Brad couldn’t cope with all.
“So I think that sums up our feelings, there was not a sense of relief in any way.”
Whittaker went on to say: “I think that’s the thing when you when you realise it’s the last moment these four characters or your last moment with that character individually, all those kind of things won’t you do.
“When I realised that I felt incredibly bereaved about what this journey has been because this started as us as well.
“And that’s so unique, like, everything to do like you know, all of our journeys have been together and been as a family and we clicked like a family.”
Her co-star and Yaz Khan actress Mandip Gill admitted even though she wasn’t generally an emotional person, she found shooting these last scenes “really sad” with the sense “I’ll never see you again”.
Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall wouldn’t be drawn on the specifics of the plot and how the two characters would exit, however, he promised it was would be “very emotional”.
Chibnall also refused to comment on whether the door had been left open for Ryan and Graham to one day returning, simply cryptically saying viewers would have to wait and see.
He said: “But I think we we don’t shy away from what it means for this family to have its final moments together. And it was emotional offscreen, it’s emotional onscreen.”
The acclaimed writer behind Broadchurch reflected on the casting, saying when the foursome were first brought together there was no guarantee they were going to gel as well as they did.
Chibnall explained: “Can you ever have known that you would all get on so well and have such a great time?
“I think we all feel very lucky that that happened, and that these four people came together and so is reflected on and off screen.”
Adding it was “a good send-off for those two characters. Whatever happens to them”.
Walsh, who was a big name on British television prior to landing the role in Doctor Who, has myriad of other projects he’s working on including continuing to serve as the host of quiz show The Chase.
He also appears in the factual series Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad alongside his son Barney as they travel across the world.
The actor and presenter is also a best-selling musical artist with his 2016 debut album Chasing Dreams beating former One Direction star Zayn Malik’s first solo record in sales.
Meanwhile, Cole has landed the lead role in American TV series 61st Street which will propel the rising star into the spotlight in Stateside.
Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks will air on BBC One on New Year’s Day at 6.45pm
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