Bradley Walsh quits Doctor Who after two years as he confirms Christmas special will be his last episode

BRADLEY Walsh has quit Doctor Who after two years.

The actor has played bus driver Graham O’Brien for the past two series alongside Jodie Whittaker's female Doctor and will bow out during the upcoming festive special, The Sun can reveal.

“I have absolutely loved it, loved it,” Bradley said about leaving the show. 

“Wales has become like a second home to me and being included in something so iconic and ground breaking with the advent of having a female Doctor, that whole thing where Chibnall sold that to me, it didn’t disappoint and I loved working with those guys. 

“I love working with Chris Chibnall, that man is a genius but to also be working with Mandip and Tosin and of course Jodie is just extraordinary.”

He will be joined by his on-screen step-grandson Tosin Cole in his exit.

The 70 minute episode will air on New Year’s Day on BBC One and see the Doctor split from her companions after being locked up in a space prison as the Daleks return to Earth.

Killing Eve star Dame Harriet Walter will star while Sex and the City actor Chris Noth will return as disgraced businessman Jack Robertson.

Bradley and Tosin’s swansong will also see John Barrowman return as Captain Jack Harkness.

The Doctor actress Jodie Whittaker said she was “gutted” about The Chase star leaving the show.

She said: “Oh a personal note I’m absolutely devastated. 

“Without going into any specifics going into character or about what happens or anything, just purely knowing it was the last scenes for myself with them – they had to carry me to my trailer. 

“Brad couldn’t cope with it at all. I kept crying.”

She added: “I felt really bereaved about it ending because this journey started with the four of us. We’ve been as a family and we’ve clicked as a family.”

Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall teased Bradley and Tosin’s final episode calling it “very emotional”.

He added: “It’s very emotional, I think we’ve all been in tears watching it and it’s a really important part of the special where you get lots of thrills, lots of spills, lots of Daleks and lots of emotion. 

“Without spoiling anything it’s hard but we don’t shy away from what it means for this family to have its final moment together. 

“It was emotional off-screen and it’s emotional on-screen.”

He added: “I hope it feels like a good send off to those two characters – no matter what happens to them.”

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