There’s an odd connection between Millie Gibson and Ncuti Gatwa finding out about their Doctor Who roles

Millie Gibson has been revealed as the companion to travel in the TARDIS alongside Ncuti Gatwa’s Fifteenth Doctor.

The 18-year-old former Coronation Street actor was unveiled during the Children in Need live telethon on BBC One on Friday night and is set to play a character called Ruby Sunday who will travel in space and time with the Doctor from the festive period of 2023 and into the first full series with the new Time Lord in 2024.

But where was Millie when she got the call to tell her that she’s got the exciting new role? And what is the odd connection between her finding out and that of her co-star Ncuti Gatwa?

“I’d just got a spray tan,” revealed Gibson, when asked by her co-star Ncuti Gatwa in an interview for the BBC (below) where she was when she found out she’d be on the show.

Added Gibson: “And my agent was like, where are you? And I said ‘I’ve just had a spray tan and I’m trying not to cry it off!'”

“You know, I love that” laughed Gatwa.

“Because I was going into the barber shop when I found out [that he’d got the Doctor Who role]”.

So it turns out that if your phone rings when you’re off to the salon, you should probably be expecting it to be good news! Certainly, if you’re in the running for a Doctor Who role, anyway.

Before Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson take over in the TARDIS, there is the small matter of three one-hour 60th-anniversary specials for Doctor Who in November 2023. The shows will star David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor and will see the return of his companion Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate.

Written by showrunner Russell T Davies, we know that Neil Patrick Harris will be one of the principle stars of the anniversary shows but we’re expecting to see many returning faces for the episodes too.

Doctor Who will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK from 2023, and stream on Disney+ across the rest of the world.