Doctor Who legend Nicola Bryant tells new companion Millie Gibson to have 'fun'

Nicola Bryant with Colin Baker in Doctor Who credit:Bang Showbiz
Nicola Bryant with Colin Baker in Doctor Who credit:Bang Showbiz

Former 'Doctor Who' star Nicola Bryant has urged new companion Millie Gibson to have as much "fun" as she can on the show.

The 18-year-old former 'Coronation Street' actress will play Ruby Sunday alongside Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor, in Russell T Davies' upcoming new series of the BBC One sci-fi show.

Nicola played popular companion Peri Brown from 1984 to 1986 opposite both Fifth Doctor Peter Davison and Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, as well as getting to appear with the returning Second Doctor Patrick Troughton in 1985 adventure 'The Two Doctors'.

The 62-year-old actress is immensely proud of her time on the programme and has urged Millie to enjoy every moment of her time in the TARDIS with Ncuti, 30.

When asked if she had any advice for Millie, she said: "Have fun. Just have fun. I'm sure Millie's going to be brilliant. She's going to have a fabulous time. And I love her outfit. I look forward to seeing her and Ncuti."

Before Ncuti and Millie start to travel in space and time together, Russell has brought back David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the Doctor and his former companion Donna Noble for three specials in 2023 to mark Doctor Who's 60th anniversary.

David previously played the Tenth Doctor, but is back in mysterious circumstances as the Fourteenth Doctor and Nicola is as intrigued as all the show's fans to find out how this regeneration has happened.

Speaking to the new issue of SFX magazine, she said: "I think it's brilliant, very clever. I'm wondering how Russell is doing this. What's the plot, the story? We're all intrigued, aren't we? We want to know what's happened to the Doctor."

When Nicola looks back on her time on the show she feels very lucky to have got to play Peri opposite three different incarnations of the Gallifreyan Time Lord.

She added: "It was the most important three years. I feel so blessed to have gone through two Doctors. I had a regeneration and I got to work with Pat Troughton. I feel like, in terms of the lucky dip, I did well."