David Bradley and Sylvester McCoy back blind Doctor

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David Bradley and Sylvester McCoy back blind Doctor Who fan’s campaign to fund tactile books

6th July 2021

Doctor Who’s assemble!

Two fantastic and much loved Doctor Who stars support Louis’ campaign for Doctor Who tactile and audio books for blind children and adults. David Bradley, the First Doctor, and Sylvester McCoy, the Seventh Doctor, have publicly announced their support.


A head and face close up shot of David Bradley.

David says – ” You are a hero Louis”

David Bradley, who has portrayed the First Doctor in multiple Doctor Who episodes, has declared his support for Louis’ wonderful campaign: Doctor Who for Blind Children.

In a statement released exclusively to RadioTimes.com, Bradley expressed his admiration for “hero” Louis with a heartfelt message of support.

Bradley explained –

“It wasn’t until I played the First Doctor in ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ that I realised the enormous fan base it had all over the world, and of course that meant a lot of blind and partially sighted people out there who, until now, haven’t had the experience that your [Moorhouse’s] inspiration is providing,”

Addressing Louis, he continued –

“Good luck, and as The Doctor would say, “Go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine”. You’re a hero Louis, and I wish you all the best. In admiration, David Bradley.”

Bradley (also known for playing Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch in the Harry Potter film franchise) has portrayed William Hartnell’s First Doctor sporadically in the BBC sci-fi series since 2013.

Read the exclusive full article on RadioTimes.com here.

A portrait shot of Sylvester McCoy tipping his hat and carrying an umbrella taken by Simon King.

Seventh Doctor Tweets support

Sylvester McCoy, played the Seventh Doctor from 1987-1989, in the iconic family BBC TV series.

Sylvester has also announced his support for Louis’ campaign to bring Doctor Who to life for blind people, this time on his social media here.

Sylvester and his team tweeted –

“Sylvester likes this idea & thought you might like to support it too. The Whoniverse is all embracing & this enables our blind friends to immerse themselves more fully in its pleasures too. Great work Louis & Living Paintings. Any £ or a Retweet help!”

Photo of Sylvester McCoy, copyright Simon King

Derek Jacobi reading in studio

More Doctor Who stars are on board with books for blind people

Sir Derek Jacobi, Doctor Who ‘Master’, lent his support on the launch on Louis’s campaign. Read the full story and watch a video message from Sir Derek  here.

And Fugitive Doctor Jo Martin, who spotted Louis’ campaign on social media, tweeted her support here and described Louis’s mission as “Brilliant”.

Jo, played an incarnation known as the Fugitive Doctor in two episodes in 2020. However, the long-term fate of the character has not been confirmed – some suggest she is a contender for the next Doctor!

Catch up with Louis on Twitter here.

Read more about Louis and his story here.

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