Millie Gibson is announced as the new Doctor Who companion R…


Coronation Street star Millie Gibson has been announced as the new Doctor Who companion, Ruby Sunday. 

The actress, 18, made a special appearance at the 2022 Children in Need fundraiser live on BBC One on Friday, where the news was shared. 

In a statement, the star said that the new role is a ‘dream come true’ as the much-anticipated secret was finally revealed, much to the delight of fans.

‘This is a dream come true!’ Corrie star Millie Gibson has been announced as the new Doctor Who companion Ruby Sunday. Pictured at the Children in Need fundraiser on Friday

Eager fans were quick to take to Twitter to gush over Millie’s casting, agreeing that she and new Doctor Ncuti Gatwa would be the perfect time-travelling pair. 

‘Whilst still being in total disbelief, I am beyond honoured to be cast as the Doctor’s companion,’ Millie said in the statement released by the BBC. 

‘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.’

She added: ‘And what better way to do that than being by the fabulous Ncuti Gatwa’s side, I just can’t wait to get started.’

Co-stars: The Doctor's companion is the character who travels or shares adventures with the Doctor, with Millie set to make her debut over the festive season in 2023. Ncuti Gatwa is the new Doctor

Co-stars: The Doctor’s companion is the character who travels or shares adventures with the Doctor, with Millie set to make her debut over the festive season in 2023. Ncuti Gatwa is the new Doctor

Ncuti, 30, was recently announced as the new Doctor and said in a statement that Millie is ‘full of talent’.

‘She is full of talent, strength, she has a cheeky sparkle in her eye and is sharp as a razor,’ he said. 

‘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.’

He added: ‘This adventure is going to be so wild and so fun, I cannot WAIT to sail the universe with Millie!’

'Whilst still being in total disbelief, I am beyond honoured to be cast as the Doctor's companion,' she said in the statement released by the BBC

‘Whilst still being in total disbelief, I am beyond honoured to be cast as the Doctor’s companion,’ she said in the statement released by the BBC

Millie appeared at the Children in Need fundraiser on Friday and walked through the Doctor Who TARDIS while live on stage, sharing the news. 

‘I can’t believe it myself, I’ve had to keep it so secret that this has been the first time I believe it,’ Millie said. 

When asked how she feels about the role, she continued: ‘It’s insane, I’m so honoured that I was even considered for an audition, I just hope I can make you all happy and live up to the others.’

Announcement: Millie appeared at the Children in Need fundraiser on Friday and walked through the Doctor Who TARDIS while live on stage, sharing the news

Announcement: Millie appeared at the Children in Need fundraiser on Friday and walked through the Doctor Who TARDIS while live on stage, sharing the news

'I can't believe it myself, I've had to keep it so secret that this has been the first time I believe it,' Millie said

‘I can’t believe it myself, I’ve had to keep it so secret that this has been the first time I believe it,’ Millie said

‘I’m going to play a character called Ruby Sunday.’

The Doctor’s companion is the character who travels or shares adventures with the Doctor, with Millie set to make her debut over the festive season in 2023. 

Fans loved the news, with one tweeting: ‘OMG that’s why she left Corrie! I’m so happy for her!!’

‘A fantastic signing. She was brilliant as Kelly Neelan in Corrie. I’m so excited for Russell T Davis’ era of Doctor Who again, It looks so good.’ 

‘Incredible news! She was fab in Corrie,’ another viewer added. 

Fans loved the news, with one tweeting: 'OMG that's why she left Corrie! I'm so happy for her!!'

Fans loved the news, with one tweeting: ‘OMG that’s why she left Corrie! I’m so happy for her!!’

It comes after Millie revealed she was leaving Coronation Street, after three years on the soap.

Millie, who plays Kelly Neelan on the show, told The Metro in September that it was a hard decision to make and that she had to convince her parents it was the right move.

‘I have no responsibilities – I don’t have kids, I don’t have a mortgage to pay or anything like that, I’m still grateful to be living at home,’ Millie said.

‘So I thought I’m just going to see what else the world has. If it does, it does – that would be quite good, wouldn’t it? I just thought I might as well see what happens while I’m still young.’

Moving on: It comes after Millie revealed she was leaving Coronation Street, after three years on the soap. Pictured on Corrie

Moving on: It comes after Millie revealed she was leaving Coronation Street, after three years on the soap. Pictured on Corrie

The actress, who turned 18 in June and previously starred in the CBBC show Jamie Johnson, was adamant to leave while she’s still young.

‘Because I’m so young I thought I’ve got to leave. It was a decision where it would always be in the back of my mind if I didn’t make it, so I had to just go with it and see what happens,’ she continued.

But admitting that her parents had their reservations and urged her to stay in the ‘secure’ role, Millie explained that she ‘had to trust my instincts’.

She joined the show back in 2019 as the daughter Rick Neelan (Greg Wood), before becoming a regular cast member in 2020 – and even winning a National Soap Award for her performance in the soap.

'I have to see what happens': The actress, who turned 18 in June and previously starred in the CBBC show Jamie Johnson, was adamant to leave while she's still young

‘I have to see what happens’: The actress, who turned 18 in June and previously starred in the CBBC show Jamie Johnson, was adamant to leave while she’s still young



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