Millie Gibson revealed as Doctor Who companion Ruby Sunday to join Ncuti Gatwa

Millie Gibson has been revealed as the new companion to the 15th Doctor who will be joining Ncuti Gatwa on adventures in space and time.

The 18-year-old, best known for playing Kelly Neelan on ITV soap opera Coronation Street will play Ruby Sunday and was revealed as the next companion on the science fiction show during a live Children in Need telethon on BBC One on Friday evening.

Gibson emerged from the TARDIS on stage in a segment presented by Mel Giedroyc and Jason Manford (see below).

Millie Gibson is revealed as the new companion

Born in Manchester, Millie made her first appearance on TV screens as Indira in CBBC show Jamie Johnson. Se went on to feature in 17 episodes of the show across the second and third seasons.

In 2017 she appeared in BBC One show Love, Lies and Records and in 2018 featured in an ITV series Butterfly.

However, for many in the UK that Millie Gibson is best known for her role in the long-running ITV soap Coronation Street that Gibson is best known. Gibson joined the soap in June 2019 as Kelly Neelan, the daughter of an established character Rick Neelan. After an initial five episodes on the show, Gibson returned in April 2020 as a regular on the soap.

During her tenure on the soap, Gibson’s character Kelly has had a number of high profile storylines including murder and kidnap.

Gibson won the British Soap Award for Best Young Actor at the 2022 awards and was also nominated for the Best Serial Drama Performance at the National TV Awards the same year.

Speaking of her new role, Millie Gibson 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 just can’t wait to get started.”

Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson – BBC STUDIOS 2022 / Lara Cornell

Ncuti Gatwa added: “Millie just is the companion. She is full of talent, 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!”

Russell T Davies, Showrunner, says: “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.”

Gibson will make her debut in Doctor Who during the festive period of 2023 when Ncuti Gatwa’s 15th Doctor will embark on his first full episode.

Before that, there will be three 60th anniversary Doctor Who specials written by Russell T Davies starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor.