“I was with Chris having lunch last year and he said: ‘Brad, I want you to do a job.'” he told The Sun. “I said: ‘Sure, what?’ He said: ‘I can’t tell. It’s very, very secret. But you are the man for the job. It’s in Cardiff and will be a nine-month shoot.’
The pair then met again, with Chibnall offering Walsh a bit more information – although not enough to win him over instantly, with Chibnall withholding the identity of Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker.
“I had another meeting and he said: ‘It is Doctor Who — not for the Doctor, though. We are going to change it around.’ I said: ‘Who is going to be the Doctor?’ He said: ‘We can’t tell.’ So I said: ‘I can’t accept.’”
This, of course, is understandable – the Doctor is the heart and soul of Doctor Who, and determines what kind of show Walsh would be signing on for. However, Walsh was eventually convinced by Chibnall to take ‘a leap of faith’ on what he promised would be a ‘groundbreaking’ new series.
“He said: ‘But we want you. It will be an unbelievable journey. It will be ground-breaking. We are going to go for it. The BBC have trusted us.’ So I’m in. A leap of faith.”