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Millie Gibson reveals how she found out she was cast in Doctor Who

The 18-year-old will play new companion Ruby Sunday

Millie Gibson was announced as the new Doctor Who companion during Children In Need 2022. (BBC/Lara Cornell)
Millie Gibson was announced as the new Doctor Who companion during Children In Need 2022. (BBC/Lara Cornell)

Millie Gibson has revealed how she found out she was cast in Doctor Who.

The former Coronation Street star will play new companion Ruby Sunday alongside the 15th Doctor Ncuti Gatwa from late 2023.

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Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Gibson revealed she found out she got the part in slightly surreal circumstances: "I went to get a spray tan for the NTAs [National Television Awards], and I was in the room waiting to dry off when I got this WhatsApp call, asking me to join the call with all my agents."

Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson will star together in the new series of Doctor Who. (BBC/Lara Cornell)
Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson will star together in the new series of Doctor Who. (BBC/Lara Cornell)

She continued: "I picked up the phone and they were like, ‘Are you good at keeping secrets?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ They said, ‘Are you really good at keeping secrets? Cos you’ve got it.'”

Gibson was later announced as the newest Doctor Who companion during Children in Need.

At the time, she said: "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."

Doctor Who companion Millie Gibson with Doctor Who themed Pudsey Bears at the BBC Children In Need telethon at BBC Studios in Salford. Picture date: Friday November 18, 2022. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Doctor Who companion Millie Gibson with Doctor Who themed Pudsey Bears. (Getty Images)

Showrunner Russell T Davies also said: "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."

Gatwa and Gibson's tenure on Doctor Who will begin following this year's 60th anniversary celebrations that see David Tennant and Catherine Tate return as the Doctor and Donna Noble respectively.

The 60th anniversary will also feature appearances from Neil Patrick Harris and Bernard Cribbins.

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