Millie Gibson joins the cast of BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’.
She plays 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 anchor the long-running series (although Jo Martin has played the Fugitive Doctor, aka Ruth Clayton, in a handful of episodes since 2020) .
Jodie Whittaker is the most recent Doctor, and Mandip Gill (played by Yasmin Khan) and John Bishop (played by Dan Lewis) have the roles of 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 airing in November to mark the series’ 60th anniversary, making him the 14th Doctor. He will be joined by Catherine Tate, who originally played his companion.
Gatwa and Gibson will debut in 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.
“While I’m still in disbelief, I’m beyond honored to be cast as the Doctor’s Companion,” Gibson said. “It is a gift of a role and a dream come true, and I will do everything I can to try to fill the boots that the fellow companions have traveled in before me. And what better way to do that than to be at the side of the fantastic Ncuti Gatwa, I can’t wait to get started.”
“Millie is just the companion,” Gatwa added. “She is full of talent, power, she has a cheeky sparkle in her eyes and is sharp as a razor. From the moment she entered the room, she captured all of our attention with her fizz and then solidified that attention with the sheer torque of her talent. This adventure is going to be so wild and so much fun, I can’t WAIT to sail across the universe with Millie!
Showrunner Russell T. Davies said: “It is the great honor of my job to find the next generation of talent, and Millie is already shining like a star. She is brilliant, dynamic, smart and a great actor. As a ‘Coronation Street’ fan, I’ve seen Millie survive chases, guns and sieges, but that’s nothing compared to what lies ahead for Ruby Sunday.’
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