Doctor Who's new companion is... Bradley Walsh?!

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Bradley Walsh has been named as the rather surprising identity of Doctor Who's new sidekick.

Bradley is set to join new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker, who was confirmed as the 13th Doctor earlier this year.

The Daily Mirror reports that Doctor Who's new showrunner Chris Chibnall decided to cast Bradley having previously worked with him on Law and Order UK.

Alongside his acting work, Bradley is also known for his TV presenting, fronting The Chase and Tonight At The London Palladium on ITV.

And sources insist that his rumoured new job as the Doctor's right hand man won't see him quit those shows.

Bradley Walsh
Bradley Walsh

"Bradley is super excited to be joining the cast of Doctor Who in such a key role," a source told the newspaper. "It means that his schedule over the coming months will be jam-packed – so he won’t be able to continue with the full range of programmes he currently makes for ITV.

“But, crucially, it won’t affect his role as presenter of The Chase. He loves that show with a passion and so does the audience, so he’s delighted to have found a way to make it all work.”

It was previously confirmed that the Doctor's current companion Pearl Mackie will be leaving in the Christmas special.

As yet, the BBC has not officially confirmed any casting for the new series of Doctor Who beyond Jodie Whittaker's role as the 13th Doctor.

Broadchurch star Jodie will become the first ever woman Doctor from the Christmas special later this year.

Jodie said when the announcement was made last month: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet.

New Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker
New Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker

"It's more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can't wait."

Jodie will make her debut as the Doctor at the end of the Christmas special on Christmas Day 2017 in what will be current Doctor Peter Capaldi's final episode.

She'll then take control of the TARDIS for the next full series due to air in 2018 alongside her new companion.

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