Doctor Who is getting a refresh after Jodie Whittaker bid farewell to the series in The Power of the Doctor. Russell T Davies is returning to helm the series after years away, and Ncuti Gatwa will be playing the Fifteenth Doctor.
The 13th Doctor’s companions have left the series, too, so who will be the 15th Doctor’s companion? According to the official Doctor Who website, joining Gatwa in the TARDIS will be actor Mille Gibson, who will play a companion named Ruby Sunday.
Gibson, 18, is a star of Coronation Street, one of Britain’s longest-running soap operas.
In a statement, she 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 can’t wait to get started.”
Gatwa also commented saying:
“Millie just is the companion. She is full of talent and 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!”
Gibson resembles a young Billie Piper, who played the Doctor’s companion Rose Tyler when Davies first rebooted Doctor Who in the mid-2000s. Perhaps that was intentional. Before Gatwa takes over as the Doctor, David Tennant, who played the Tenth Doctor back when Russell was the showrunner, will feature in three specials as doctor number fourteen, and Yasmin Finney will play a character known, interestingly, as Rose Tyler.
2023 is looking to be a fantastic year for Doctor Who fans.