Millie Gibson is to star in season 14 of Doctor Who as Ruby Sunday opposite Ncuti Gatwa’s Fifteenth Doctor from the festive period of 2023 and fans are excited to see how the show develops with the two young stars at the helm. Well, if the thoughts of Millie’s old boss, the producer of Coronation Street Iain MacLeod are anything to go by, we should be in very safe hands.
Gibson spent the last few years starring in Coronation Street as Kelly Neelan, a complex character who had many very difficult and high-profile storylines for such a young member of the cast. However, it’s clear that the producer believed she was very much up to the challenges that also won her the Best Young Actor Award at the 2022 British Soap Awards.
Speaking at an event unveiling the new Weatherfield Precinct area of the Coronation Street set in Salford, MacLeod said he was thrilled for the 18-year-old landing the part in Doctor Who.
“I was aware she was in the running for it some time ago,” reports The Manchester Evening News.
He also joked: “I’m pretty sure she wasn’t supposed to tell me but she did and I kept waiting for some BBC lawyer to turn up and say ‘sign this immediately to say you won’t reveal it to anyone’. So I kind of knew for a little while but anyone that’s watched her on the telly know she’s a fantastically talented young woman and thoroughly deserves that.
“I also know Russell T Davies is a Corrie fan so I wonder if it may have helped her slightly as he may have been familiar with her work I’m sure.
“But brilliant for her, she’ll be brilliant in that role and Doctor Who is big but she’s destined for really big things.”
High praise indeed, and a great reference from your old boss to take with you to a new job!
Before we see Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday and Ncuti Gatwa take full control of the TARDIS there is the small matter of three one-hour 60th-anniversary specials of the show which will air in November 2023. The shows will star the returning David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor alongside Catherine Tate as Donna Noble and Yasmin Finney as Rose.