A new Doctor Who generally means a new companion at some point. When Jodie Whittaker’s version of the Doctor surprised everyone by not regenerating into who we expected it meant the appearance of the brand new Doctor, and whoever was chosen as the companion, was delayed.
During last nights BBC charity telethon Children In Need in the UK, the identity of the new companion was announced. A former star of long-running British soap opera Coronation Street will join Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor in the Tardis when the run of three specials concludes next year and the full series gets underway.
Millie Gibson has been cast as Ruby Sunday. Doctor Who script editor Scott Handcock said secret auditions were held for the new companion in September with Gatwa in attendance, and Gibson was selected.
David Tennant and Catherine Tate are covering Doctor and companion duties for three special episodes in November 2023 to mark the show’s 60th anniversary. At the end of Tennant’s return run, Gatwa will be revealed as the new Doctor in time for his own series. Gatwa’s first full episode is expected to be the 2023 Christmas Special.
— Disney+ (@DisneyPlus) November 18, 2022
Why was the Disney+ Twitter feed announcing the news? This is because of the new deal between the BBC and Disney Branded Television to distribute the programme overseas as the broadcast partner.
This is expected to mean bigger budgets and bigger scope. Doctor Who has been broadcast by the BBC since 1963. The show is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science-fiction television show in the world, as well as the “most successful” science-fiction series of all time, based on its overall broadcast ratings.