Mark “The Beast” Labbett knew his Chase co-star was up to something!

Legendary “chaser” Mark “The Beast” Labbett has revealed he was shocked when the host of The Chase, Bradley Walsh, was cast alongside Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who.

Mark, who’s celebrating The Chase scooping its sixth TV Times award on the trot, has revealed the team were surprised when they heard the news.

“We knew Bradley was up to something, but we had no idea what,” said Mark.

Bradley, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole were recently revealed as Jodie’s co-stars when she becomes the 13th person to take on the lead role in Doctor Who. The trio will appear as the Doctor’s “compansions” Graham, Yasmin and Ryan in the next 10-week series slated for autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch.

Doctor Who Jodie

And Mark reckons Bradley will be brilliant in Doctor Who. “‘I think he’ll make an excellent assistant to the Doctor because he’s such a great actor!”

Mark added that he was thrilled that readers of TV Times had named The Chase as their favourite quiz show and reckons Bradley is key to the ITV show’s success.

“We’re lucky because I think Bradley Walsh is the best quiz show host in the world right now!” said Mark. “It’s lovely that the TV Times readers rate us so highly, we really appreciate it. We have a long and friendly rivalry with Pointless, so it’s great to get another one over on them!”

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