Dan Walker looks back on embarrassing accident that nearly ended 'Strictly' journey

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Dan Walker has shared the embarrassing moment he walked into a glass door, nearly ending his Strictly Come Dancing journey before it even began.

The BBC Breakfast presenter hit headlines back in September as he prepared for the launch show when he had to visit A&E after hitting his head so badly against the door that he needed a brain scan.

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Walker had been running after a taxi after he realised he left his wallet on the seat, but failed to see the glass door barring his way.

Viewers almost didn't get to see the lobster dance. (BBC)
Viewers almost didn't get to see the lobster dance. (BBC)

Now, he has shared CCTV footage of the incident, along with some photos from his visit to hospital.

He made it all the way to week 11 of the show, but remembered how he almost wasn't able to set foot on the dancefloor at all after the accident.

Walker wrote on Instagram: "I’ve got some amazing memories from #Strictly but I’ll never forget that it nearly ended before it even began!

"This was the incident which led a brain scan back in September! Staff at the hotel and A&E were great & I was ok to return to training after a 3 day break.

"I’d left my wallet in the taxi but completely ignored the massive glass panel in the way while I was running outside before the car drove off."

Remembering how partner Nadiya Bychkova had helped him, he added: "There was an immediate cartoon bump and blood where my teeth burst my lips but thankfully it wasn’t as serious as it looked. 

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Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova reached week 11. (BBC/Guy Levy)

"I had the scan and was told to rest. @nadiyabychkova was lovely & came with me to A&E but had to hide in the car park for hours because we hadn’t been announced on the launch show at this point.

"Feels like a lifetime ago. Thank you NHS. P.S. I got the wallet back."

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Walker had a tough time in the BBC One contest as he was targeted online with abusive comments about how far he had made it in the show.

He stayed in until the week before the quarter-finals and was back on Saturday night to see Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice crowned the winners.

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