Former Coronation Street star Millie Gibson couldn't look more different to her soap character as she was seen in new pictures for Doctor Who. The actress, who played Kelly Neelan in the ITV soap, revealed last November that she had been given the role of the new doctor's new companion.
She'll star in the upcoming series of the BBC Sc-Fi show alongside the 15th Doctor, played by Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa. Speaking of her new role at the time of the announcement, 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 of 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." Millie has since spent months working on the upcoming episodes, which will see her make her debut as Ruby Sunday this festive season.
And in a brand new tease from the BBC, Millie and Ncuti appeared to be travelling back to the 1960s in newly released photos. They are seen wearing 1960s-style outfits, with Ncuti, 30, sporting a double-breasted blue-and-white pinstripe suit complete with a white shirt, tie and facial sideburns.
Millie, 18, can be seen showing off a Swinging Sixties look with white knee-high boots and a black-and-cream dress. It comes after the BBC announced that RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon will play a “major role” in the new series as the Doctor’s "most powerful enemy yet".
The US drag artist – who won two seasons of the competition show including an All Stars season – was seen in Doctor Who images dressed in a black-and-white outfit featuring piano keys. Jinkx is the latest casting from It’s A Sin writer Russell T Davies, who was behind the 2005 revival of the long-running BBC show, and is returning to succeed showrunner Chris Chibnall, who introduced Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor.
The new photos have been released after Millie wowed her social media followers in a string of holiday snaps. The former soap star looked amazing as she posed up a storm in a satin green dress which boasted a plunging neckline and flowed down towards her feet. The stunning number also featured a cowled back which shows off Millie's dainty butterfly tattoo that sits in the centre of her spine.
"Roma," she simply captioned the snaps, confirming she had headed to Rome for a break. Ncuti was among the first to respond to the post, writing: "Exceptional work gibbo," while former Corrie co-star Sally Ann Matthews, who plays Jenny Connor, replied: "Bellissima."
@dcon28031993 said: "You look gorgeous Millie." @andycheers commented: "Just Wow. A true Green Goddess." @nicole.dell.125 replied: "Wow look at you absolute beauty babes,I love your hair,make up and dress darling." @pabby73 added: "Beautiful. Cant wait to see you in the TARDIS."
Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three special episodes with David Tennant as the fourteenth Doctor to coincide with the 60th anniversary. Ncuti first episode as the fifteenth Doctor will air over the festive period, with Gibson, 18, becoming the youngest Doctor Who companion in the show's history.
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