Millie Gibson joins the cast of BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’.
She will play Ruby Sunday, the Doctor’s new companion, played by Ncuti Gatwa.
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Gibson is best known for starring in the British soap opera ‘Coronation Street’ in the series regular role of Kelly Neelan from 2019 to 2022. Her other screen credits include the ITV drama ‘Butterfly’, the BBC drama ‘ Love, Lies and Records’ and the CBBC children’s series ‘Jamie Johnson’.
The BBC announced that Gatwa had been cast as the 15th Doctor in May, making him the first black actor to top the long-running series (although Ruth Clayton played the Fugitive Doctor in a single episode in 2020).
Jodie Whittaker is the newest Doctor and Yasmin Khan and Dan Lewis play her companions. The last episodes with the trio aired in January, April and October this year. The BBC announced last month that David Tennant, the 10th Doctor, would reprise his role in three special episodes to be shown in November for the show’s 60th anniversary, making him the 14th Doctor. He will be joined by Catherine Tate, who originally played his partner.
Gatwa and Gibson will debut their roles in early 2023. The new season will air on the BBC in the UK and Ireland and stream on Disney+ in other territories.
“Although I’m still in complete disbelief, I’m very honored to be cast as the Doctor’s companion,” Gibson said. “It’s a gift of a role and a dream come true, and I’ll do everything I can to try and fill the boots that fellow travelers have walked in before me. And what better way to do that than alongside the great Ncuti Gatwa, I just can’t wait to get started.”
“Millie is just the partner,” added Gatua. “She’s full of talent, strength, has a cheeky twinkle in her eye and is razor sharp. From the moment she entered the room she commanded our full attention with her effervescence and then solidified that attention with the sheer force of her talent. This adventure is going to be so wild and so much fun, I can’t wait to sail the universe with Millie!”
Presenter Russell T. Davies said: “It’s an honor in my job to find the next generation of talent and Millie is already shining like a star. She is brilliant, dynamic, intelligent and a wonderful actress. As a ‘Coronation Street’ fan, I’ve seen Millie survive chases, guns and sieges, but that’s nothing compared to what’s in store for Ruby Sunday.”
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