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From Cromer Pier to the Tardis: Bradley Walsh named as Doctor Who companion

Doctor Who Series 11 line-up including Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Graham (Bradley Walsh), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole). Picture: (C) BBC - Photographer: Chris Chibnall

Doctor Who Series 11 line-up including Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Graham (Bradley Walsh), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole). Picture: (C) BBC - Photographer: Chris Chibnall

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He got a showbiz leg-up decades ago as a comedian at Cromer’s Seaside Special.

Bradley Walsh with Cromer Town Crier, Jason Bell. Picture: MARK BULLIMOREBradley Walsh with Cromer Town Crier, Jason Bell. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Now Bradley Walsh is moving from the end of the pier to the edge of the universe - as one of Doctor Who’s companions.

Walsh, who played the pier in the 1980s, will accompany Doctor Who’s first female Time Lord Jodie Whittaker, who takes over as the 13th Doctor next year.

They will be joined by Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, as well as Sharon D Clarke in a returning role.

Walsh will star as Graham, Cole will play Ryan and Gill will play Yasmin.

Bradley Walsh outside the Wellington Pier in Gt Yarmouth in 1998. Picture: Daniel KennedyBradley Walsh outside the Wellington Pier in Gt Yarmouth in 1998. Picture: Daniel Kennedy

Walsh said he was looking forward to being part of the show - some 50 years after first becoming a fan.

The former Coronation Street actor and presenter of quiz show The Chase said: “I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself.

“I was petrified, but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan...

“Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor? Oh yes.”

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