Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole are leaving Doctor Who after this year’s festive special (Picture: Henrik Knudsen)
On Monday 30 December, it was confirmed that Bradley, who plays Graham O’Brien, and Tosin Cole, who plays Ryan Sinclair, are leaving Doctor Who after two years on the sci-fi show.
The Chase host Bradley described his final episode as ‘quite sad and poignant’, adding that it has been ‘extraordinary’ to work alongside Tosin, Mandip Gill as Yaz Khan and Jodie Whittaker, who plays The Doctor.
Tosin, whose previous credits include Hollyoaks and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, added: ‘It’s been an honour to work on such a cultural institution with fans across the world.’
Several Whovians (as Doctor Who fans are known) expressed their disappointment over Bradley and Tosin’s upcoming exit.
‘Absolutely gutted to hear the news that Bradley Walsh (Graham) and @TosinCole (Ryan) are leaving #DoctorWho in #RevolutionOfTheDalek,’ one person said.
‘Both actors are superb and I love both their characters.’
‘I’m gonna miss them a lot, honestly. I’ve really enjoyed their characters these past couple of years and Bradley and Tosin are both top actors,’ another said.
Someone else tweeted that Bradley has been a ‘highlight’ of the recent era of Doctor Who, stating: ‘Such a shame Bradley Walsh is leaving.
‘He’s going to be missed so much by us fans; Graham O’Brien has been a massive highlight of the current era for sure.’
They also added their hope that if Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood is revived, then Bradley’s character Graham could join the cast.
Another fan said that in their opinion, Graham has ‘consistently been one of the best characters in the Whittaker era so far’.
‘Aside from Jodie, Bradley has been the best thing about Doctor Who since Capaldi left,’ one Twitter user said.
‘Gutted about this…I think that Bradley (Graham) has been especially great and one of my favourite aspects of this era,’ another remarked.
Following the news of Bradley and Tosin’s departure from Doctor Who, Jodie admitted that she’s ‘devastated’.
Recalling the last time she filmed with them, she said: ‘Knowing it was the last scenes, myself with those actors, both of them had to carry me to my trailer. I’ve not cried like that for such a long time.’
The actor added: ‘I felt incredibly bereaved about what this journey has been, because this started as us as well and that’s so unique. All of our journey has been together and been as a family, and we’ve clicked like a family.’
Revolution of the Daleks will air over the festive period on BBC One.