The first images of Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor and Millie Gibson as his companion have been released by the BBC. Gatwa is shown in pictures and video wearing brown check trousers and a matching long coat with bright orange top underneath.
Gibson, who was announced as the latest companion when she stepped out of the Tardis live on Children In Need, is dressed in dark blue shorts and a short jacket.
The Coronation Street actress will star opposite Sex Education star Gatwa, who takes over as the Doctor in 2023. The 15th Doctor’s companion, who will be called Ruby Sunday, will travel alongside him as they embark on a new set of adventures.
The BBC said Doctor Who will return in November 2023 with three special episodes to coincide with the 60th anniversary – with David Tennant as the 14th Doctor. Gatwa will then take control of the Tardis, with his first episode airing over the festive period in 2023.
After her casting was announced Gibson said in a statement: “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.
“What better way to do that than being by the fabulous Ncuti Gatwa’s side, I just can’t wait to get started.”
Jodie Whittaker faced her final battles as the time lord in October in a special episode of Doctor Who to mark the BBC’s centenary. The actress became the first woman to portray the Doctor when she took over the role from Peter Capaldi in 2017.
During the feature-length programme, viewers were left surprised as Whittaker’s 13th Time Lord regenerated into David Tennant, who previously played the 10th incarnation of the Doctor. Following the special, it was confirmed Tennant, 51, will become the 14th incarnation, with Catherine Tate reprising her role as his former companion Donna Noble for three special episodes set to air in November 2023.
Gatwa will then take control of the Tardis as the 15th Doctor, with his first episode due to air over the festive period in 2023.