Ncuti Gatwa will be joined by newcomer Millie Gibson in the 2023 series of Doctor Who as the Doctor’s newest companion.
Millie Gibson has landed the role of Ruby Sunday, the Doctor’s new companion, alongside NCuti Gatwa in the title role. She will make her debut over the holidays in 2023 when Gatwa takes over control of the TARDIS as the Fifteenth Doctor.
Best known for her role as CORONATION STREET’s Kelly Neelan, 18 year old Millie was the recipient of the Best Young Performer Award at The British Soap Awards earlier this year. Millie has also appeared in dramas BUTTERFLY (ITV) and LOVE, LIES AND RECORDS (BBC).
Speaking of her new role, Millie Gibson said: “Whilst still being in total disbelief, I am beyond honoured to be cast as the Doctor’s companion. It is a gift of a role, and a dream come true, and I will do everything to try and fill the boots the fellow companions have travelled in before me. And what better way to do that than being by the fabulous Ncuti Gatwa’s side, I just can’t wait to get started.”
Ncuti Gatwa added: “Millie just is the companion. She is full of talent, strength, she has a cheeky sparkle in her eye and is sharp as a razor. From the moment she walked into the room she captured all of our attention with her effervescence and then solidified that attention with the sheer torque of her talent. This adventure is going to be so wild and so fun, I cannot WAIT to sail the universe with Millie!”
Russell T Davies, Showrunner, says: “It’s the great honour of my job to find the next generation of talent, and Millie shines like a star already. She’s brilliant, dynamic, clever and a wonderful 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.”
The BBC and Disney Branded Television have joined forces to make Disney+ the new global home of Doctor Who for all future seasons (distribution inside of the UK and Ireland will remain unchanged).
The new episodes of Doctor Who will return to screens in November 2023 to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary. David Tennant will play the Fourteenth Doctor for three specials, before Ncuti Gatwa takes over the role as the Fifteenth Doctor over the holiday season.
Doctor Who returns in 2023.
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I can’t help but wonder if Ruby Sunday is a nod to Ruby Tuesday. That’s especially because Doctor Who and the Rolling Stones, which created and originally performed the song “Ruby Tuesday,” both originated in the early 1960s in the same part of the world.
If you’d seen Millie on Coronation Street, you would think she’s a lot like Ruby Tuesday.
It will be quite odd seeing David Tennant as the 14th doctor. But that’s arguably not the first time the Doctor’s repeated. There were several hints with Tom Baker that the fourth Doctor might have come back in the form of the Curator.
This article inspired an article of my own showing a possible connection between Ruby Sunday and the Rolling Stones’ song “Ruby Tuesday.” (My name should link to it.) Thanks for the inspiration!