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Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole set for ’emotional’ farewell in Doctor Who festive special

December 2nd, 2020 by Marc Comments

While we reported back in March (here) that Doctor Who stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole are set to leave this series, we have not had any conformation… until now.

Stars Walsh and Cole who play Graham and his grandson Ryan, are now confirmed as stepping out of the TARDIS permanently and what’s more, it’s happening on New Year’s Day during the festive special Revolution of the Daleks.

“It is very, very dramatic,” Walsh says.

“It is very sad. It is quite sad and… ‘poignant’ is the word. You can expect a lot of poignancy from the episode,” he adds.

Cole calls it “emotional”, saying he was “looking forward to having a rest though!”

When the duo leave it will mean that The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) will be left in the blue box but it’s unknown at this stage if they’ll be travelling alone… will John Barrowman’s Captain Jack hang around? Perhaps is comedian John Bishop, who is rumoured to be on set a lot during the currently filming thirteenth series, be stepping in? Who knows at this stage…

“I hope that it feels like a good send-off for those two characters, whatever happens to them,” said showrunner Chris Chibnall.

“We’ve all been in tears watching it. It’s a really important part of the mix of the special where you get lots of thrills, lots of spills, lots of humour, lots of Daleks, and lots of emotion… we don’t shy away from what it means for this family to have its final moments together. It was emotional off-screen. It’s emotional on-screen.”

Walsh adds of filming the iconic show: “To [] be working with Mandip and Tosin and of course Jodie is just extraordinary.”

“It’s been an honour to work on such a cultural institution with fans across the world. The people like me on the screen come and go, but it’s the people behind the scenes and the fans that will always be there keeping the Doctor Who world alive and exciting.”

Will you miss Graham and Ryan? Personally, Graham is consistently the best thing about Chibnall’s run on the series, so his leaving will be a blow if someone equally as likeable doesn’t step in. Of course, if he writing improved this series it would also be a real gamechanger… but I’ll not hold out hope.

Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks comes to BBC One on the 1st January 2021.

Source: Radio Times

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….