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The Chase Is On

Bradley Walsh plays Graham O’Brien in the current series of Doctor Who. But he knew the Time Lord long before 2018…
Bradley Walsh as the Doctor’s new friend, Graham O’Brien

B radley Walsh and the Doctor go way back. “I grew up loving Doctor Who,” he says. “I was allowed to watch it as a kid – when it first started in 1963 it was a big deal to watch Doctor Who of a weekend. My early recollections are the black-and-white days – the glory days – of William Hartnell and Pat Troughton. The Daleks and the Cybermen – I was petrified of them. In those days I thought the Daleks were the greatest invention of all time. I was such a fan that in the 1960s my mum and dad bought me a silver battery-operated Dalek that lit up for Christmas. If I’d have kept it now, and still in the box all these years later, goodness knows how much it would be worth!”

It’s 8.00am at Roath Lock and Bradley Walsh is in his trailer having a morning cuppa. As we speak, the 2018 series of Doctor Who – starring Bradley as the Doctor’s new friend Graham O’Brien – is being recorded in the studios opposite. “It’s mind-blowing that I’m a part of it all these years later,” he says. “And it’s going to look sensational. This year we’re using Cooke and Angenieux anamorphic lenses which make it look like JJ Abrams or Steven Spielberg shot it. It’s very cinematographic.”

Bradley had a battery-operated Dalek toy in the 1960s, similar to this one manufactured by Louis Marx.
Roy Castle (as Ian), Jennie Linden (as Barbara), Peter Cushing (as Dr Who) and Roberta Tovey (as Susan) pictured during the making of the film Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965).
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Contents include: • An exclusive interview with Bradley Walsh • Previews of the next four episodes: Rosa, Arachnids in the UK, The Tsuranga Conundrum and Demons of the Punjab • A tribute to Michael Pickwoad, Doctor Who's production designer from 2010 to 2017 • A look back at the origins of UNIT, which made its debut in Doctor Who 50 years ago • DWM investigates the role a military organisation like UNIT plays in Doctor Who • An interview with John Levene, who played UNIT's Sergeant Benton • Members of Series 11's Script and Story Department describe their roles • The Thirteenth Doctor makes her DWM comic strip debut in part one of Warmonger • A tribute to Jacqueline Pearce, who was Chessene in 1985's The Two Doctors and more recently played Cardinal Ollistra in Big Finish's War Doctor audio adventures • The Time Team listens to some Who-related chart hits • Tips from Thirteenth Doctor cosplayers • Our verdict on the first two episodes of Series 11: The Woman Who Fell to Earth and The Ghost Monument • Previews, audio and book reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!