But after the BBC announced that they would be revealing the new companion on a live TV show, BBC Children in Need, the secrecy had to move into overdrive this November to ensure that people didn’t guess who would be entering the TARDIS alongside Fifteen in season 14 before the big announcement on BBC One.
“I’m not going to lie, the nerves did kick in,” Gibson told Doctor Who Magazine when asked about the BBC Children in Need segment which was hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Jason Manford (pictured above).
And it sounds like everyone went to extreme lengths to ensure that the secret remained a secret on the day when Millie arrived at the studio.
She added: “There was a lot of secret planning, a variety of coats over my head and coded conversations.”
And although it all sounds like a lot of work, Millie was keen to point out just how much she enjoyed her first foray into the world of Doctor Who.
Added Millie: “It was all so much fun – I still can’t believe we did!”
Filming for season 14 of Doctor Who has now begun, with the BBC announcing the start of the shoot by revealing a behind-the-scenes picture of the TARDIS on the 5th of December 2022. The first episode starring Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth and Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday will be broadcast around the festive season of 2023. It is expected that the eight-part season fourteen will continue in 2024, something that the showrunner Russell T Davies has addressed promising “no gap years, lots of content” going forward.
Before that, there will be three 60th anniversary episodes of Doctor Who from Russell T Davies starring David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Yasmin Finney and Neil Patrick Harris arriving in November 2023. They will be the first new episodes of Doctor Who since it was announced that the BBC had struck a deal with Disney to make Disney+ the international streaming partner of the series.