Coronation Street star confirmed as new Doctor Who companion

Millie Gibson, who played Kelly Neelan on Coronation Street, was announced as Doctor Who’s new companion during BBC Children In Need on Friday. Millie will make her debut as Ruby Sunday when the 15th Time Lord, Ncuti Gatwa, takes the helm of the Tardis. The 18-year-old actress has described the BBC role as a “gift” and a “dream come true”.

Speaking of her new role, Millie 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.”

Her new co-star and next Time Lord, Ncuti added: “Millie just is the companion. 

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Best known for her role on Coronation Street, Millie was the recipient of the Best Young Performer Award at The British Soap Awards earlier this year.

She has also starred in the ITV drama Butterfly and BBC’s Love, Lies and Records. 

Millie was revealed as the new Doctor’s companion on Friday’s Children In Need show by presenters Mel Giedroyc and Jason Manford. 

The Manchester-born actress emerged from the Tardis in a white jumpsuit and smiled at the cheering crowd as the Doctor Who soundtrack played. 

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