Millie Gibson was announced as Doctor Who’s newest companion as the 18-year-old actress stepped out of Tardis live on Children In Need.
The 18-year-old Coronation Street actress will star alongside Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa, who takes on the role of Doctor in 2023.
The 15th Doctor’s companion, who will be known as Sunday Ruby, will accompany him as they embark on a new series of adventures.
Gibson said in a statement: “While still completely disbelieving, I am honored to have been cast as the Doctor’s companion.
“It is a gift of a role, and a dream come true, and I will do everything I can to try to fill the void that my companions have gone before me.
“What better way to do it than with the wonderful Ncuti Gatwa, I can’t wait to get started.”
She received the best young actor award for her role as Kelly Neelan in Coronation Street at The British Soap Awards earlier this year.
Gibson has also appeared in ITV’s Butterfly and BBC’s Love, Lies And Records.
Jodie Whittaker faces her final battles as a time lord in October in a Doctor Who special to mark the BBC’s centenary.
The 40-year-old actress became the first woman to play the Doctor when she took over the role from Peter Capaldi in 2017.
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In the series, viewers were surprised when Whittaker’s 13th Time Lord reincarnated as David Tennant, who previously played the 10th incarnation of the Doctor.
Following up on the special, Tennant, 51, has been confirmed to be the 14th incarnation, with Catherine Tate reprising his old companion Donna Noble in three specials set to air in November. year 2023.
Gatwa will then take control of Tardis as the 15th Doctor, with his first episode set to air during the 2023 festival period.
The 30-year-old said: “Millie is just a companion. She is full of talent, strength, she has a daring glint in her eyes and is razor sharp.
“From the moment she entered the room, she captured all of our attention with her vibrancy and then reinforced that attention with her sheer talent.
“This adventure is going to be wild and exciting, I can’t wait to sail into space with Millie!”
Russell T Davies, who returned as presenter when the BBC show partnered with Disney, said: “It’s been an honor for my work to find the next generation of talent and Millie has made it. shining like a star.
“She is smart, energetic, intelligent and a great actress.
“As a Coronation Street fan, I’ve seen Millie survive chases, guns and sieges, but that’s nothing compared to what’s coming for Ruby Sunday.”
The BBC has launched a new partnership with Disney Branded Television, which will see Disney+ stream Doctor Who sequels outside the UK and Ireland.
Children In Need, in its 42nd year, features hosts Ade Adepitan, Mel Giedroyc, Chris Ramsey, Alex Scott and first-time comedian Jason Manford.
Halfway through the show, Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder revealed the first total of £15,424,340.
He thanked the public for their “generosity” despite the current financial situation.
Joe Wicks also completed his Children In Need super marathon, raising more than £500,000 for the BBC charity.
Singer-songwriter Mimi Webb opened the BBC show with a performance of Ghost Of You.
British footballer Mason Mount surprised schoolchildren who were raising money during a tour around Wembley Stadium with Children In Need’s Pudsey Bear mascot.
Junior Eurovision Song Contest contestant Freya Skye performed live on stage for the first time with the song Lose My Head.
The UK is competing for the first time since 2005 at Junior Eurovision with 13-year-old Buckinghamshire.
Freya was selected as a contestant by CBBC and BBC Studios Entertainment and Music.
TV presenter Bradley Walsh hosted the children’s Blankety Blank takeover, with contestants including EastEnders star Maisie Smith and The Great British Bake Off star John Whaite.
The BBC’s Children In Need Choir performed Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know.
New episodes of Doctor Who will air in November 2023 to coincide with the series’ 60th anniversary.
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