Coronation Street star Millie Gibson has been announced as the new Doctor Who companion, Ruby Sunday. 

The actress, 18, made a special appearance at the 2022 Children in Need fundraiser live on BBC One on Friday, where the news was shared

In a statement, the star said that the new role is a ‘dream come true’ as the much-anticipated secret was finally revealed, much to the delight of fans.

‘This is a dream come true!’ Corrie star Millie Gibson has been announced as the new Doctor Who companion Ruby Sunday. Pictured at the Children in Need fundraiser on Friday

Eager fans were quick to take to Twitter to gush over Millie’s casting, agreeing that she and new Doctor Ncuti Gatwa would be the perfect time-travelling pair. 

‘Whilst still being in total disbelief, I am beyond honoured to be cast as the Doctor’s companion,’ Millie said in the statement released by the BBC. 

‘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.’

She added: ‘And what better way to do that than being by the fabulous Ncuti Gatwa’s side, I just can’t wait to get started.’

Co-stars: The Doctor's companion is the character who travels or shares adventures with the Doctor, with Millie set to make her debut over the festive season in 2023. Ncuti Gatwa is the new Doctor

Co-stars: The Doctor’s companion is the character who travels or shares adventures with the Doctor, with Millie set to make her debut over the festive season in 2023. Ncuti Gatwa is the new Doctor

Ncuti, 30, was recently announced as the new Doctor and said in a statement that Millie is ‘full of talent’.

‘She is full of talent, strength, she has a cheeky sparkle in her eye and is sharp as a razor,’ he said. 

‘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.’

He added: ‘This adventure is going to be so wild and so fun, I cannot WAIT to sail the universe with Millie!’

'Whilst still being in total disbelief, I am beyond honoured to be cast as the Doctor's companion,' she said in the statement released by the BBC

‘Whilst still being in total disbelief, I am beyond honoured to be cast as the Doctor’s companion,’ she said in the statement released by the BBC

Millie appeared at the Children in Need fundraiser on Friday and walked through the Doctor Who TARDIS while live on stage, sharing the news. 

‘I can’t believe it myself, I’ve had to keep it so secret that this has been the first time I believe it,’ Millie said. 

When asked how she feels about the role, she continued: ‘It’s insane, I’m so honoured that I was even considered for an audition, I just hope I can make you all happy and live up to the others.’

Announcement: Millie appeared at the Children in Need fundraiser on Friday and walked through the Doctor Who TARDIS while live on stage, sharing the news

Announcement: Millie appeared at the Children in Need fundraiser on Friday and walked through the Doctor Who TARDIS while live on stage, sharing the news

'I can't believe it myself, I've had to keep it so secret that this has been the first time I believe it,' Millie said

‘I can’t believe it myself, I’ve had to keep it so secret that this has been the first time I believe it,’ Millie said

Cute! She posed with the Doctor Who themed bears at the charity event

Cute! She posed with the Doctor Who themed bears at the charity event

When asked how she feels about the role, she continued: 'It's insane, I'm so honoured that I was even considered for an audition, I just hope I can make you all happy and live up to the others'

When asked how she feels about the role, she continued: ‘It’s insane, I’m so honoured that I was even considered for an audition, I just hope I can make you all happy and live up to the others’

‘I’m going to play a character called Ruby Sunday.’

The Doctor’s companion is the character who travels or shares adventures with the Doctor, with Millie set to make her debut over the festive season in 2023. 

Fans loved the news, with one tweeting: ‘OMG that’s why she left Corrie! I’m so happy for her!!’

‘A fantastic signing. She was brilliant as Kelly Neelan in Corrie. I’m so excited for Russell T Davis’ era of Doctor Who again, It looks so good.’ 

‘Incredible news! She was fab in Corrie,’ another viewer added. 

Fans loved the news, with one tweeting: 'OMG that's why she left Corrie! I'm so happy for her!!'

Fans loved the news, with one tweeting: ‘OMG that’s why she left Corrie! I’m so happy for her!!’

It comes after Millie revealed she was leaving Coronation Street, after three years on the soap.

Millie, who plays Kelly Neelan on the show, told The Metro in September that it was a hard decision to make and that she had to convince her parents it was the right move.

‘I have no responsibilities – I don’t have kids, I don’t have a mortgage to pay or anything like that, I’m still grateful to be living at home,’ Millie said.

‘So I thought I’m just going to see what else the world has. If it does, it does – that would be quite good, wouldn’t it? I just thought I might as well see what happens while I’m still young.’

Moving on: It comes after Millie revealed she was leaving Coronation Street, after three years on the soap. Pictured on Corrie

Moving on: It comes after Millie revealed she was leaving Coronation Street, after three years on the soap. Pictured on Corrie

The actress, who turned 18 in June and previously starred in the CBBC show Jamie Johnson, was adamant to leave while she’s still young.

‘Because I’m so young I thought I’ve got to leave. It was a decision where it would always be in the back of my mind if I didn’t make it, so I had to just go with it and see what happens,’ she continued.

But admitting that her parents had their reservations and urged her to stay in the ‘secure’ role, Millie explained that she ‘had to trust my instincts’.

She joined the show back in 2019 as the daughter Rick Neelan (Greg Wood), before becoming a regular cast member in 2020 – and even winning a National Soap Award for her performance in the soap.

'I have to see what happens': The actress, who turned 18 in June and previously starred in the CBBC show Jamie Johnson, was adamant to leave while she's still young

‘I have to see what happens’: The actress, who turned 18 in June and previously starred in the CBBC show Jamie Johnson, was adamant to leave while she’s still young

Miriam Margolyes has reportedly been cast in Doctor Who as part of its 60th Anniversary celebrations.

The Harry Potter star, 81, will reportedly appear alongside returning stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the upcoming episodes, which are set to air in 2023, following Jodie Whittaker‘s departure from the titular role last month.

According to sources, Miriam was a ‘natural choice’ to appear in the role for the upcoming episodes.

A source told The Sun: ‘With an acting career almost as old as Doctor Who itself, it’s a surprise to think she hasn’t already featured in an episode over the past six decades. 

‘But that only makes her even more of a prestige addition to a cast which already features Neil Patrick Harris and Catherine Tate, who returns to play the Doctor’s assistant Donna Noble.

‘The show’s creators felt that she was such a great character in real life that she was a natural choice to play the character she will have on the sci-fi show, which the BBC are keeping a closely guarded secret.’

Mystery role! Miriam Margolyes, 81, has reportedly been cast in Doctor Who as part of its 60th Anniversary celebrations

Mystery role! Miriam Margolyes, 81, has reportedly been cast in Doctor Who as part of its 60th Anniversary celebrations

Last month, Jodie Whittaker made her final appearance as the Thirteenth Doctor in BBC Centenary Special The Power of the Doctor, and viewers were left shocked and surprised when she regenerated into a familiar face, that of Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. 

Returning showrunner Russell T Davies has now revealed that this incarnation of the Time Lord is actually the Fourteenth Doctor.

He has gone onto tease that fans can expect ‘plenty more surprises’ in the three specials coming in November 2023 to mark the sci-fi show’s 60th anniversary before Ncuti Gatwa becomes the Fifteenth Doctor.

He said: ‘If you thought the appearance of David Tennant was a shock, we’ve got plenty more surprises on the way! The path to Ncuti’s Fifteenth Doctor is laden with mystery, horror, robots, puppets, danger, and fun!

‘And how is it connected to the return of the wonderful Donna Noble? How, what, why? We’re giving you a year to speculate, and then all hell lets loose!’

Details about Who’s 60th Anniversary are being kept a closely-guarded secret, though it has been confirmed that Neil Patrick Harris will appear in a mystery role

Grand return! The Harry Potter star will reportedly appear alongside returning stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the upcoming episodes, which are set to air in 2023

Grand return! The Harry Potter star will reportedly appear alongside returning stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the upcoming episodes, which are set to air in 2023



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