Many were excited to see Ncuti Gatwa make his debut as the famous time-travelling Doctor in the Doctor Who Christmas Special just last month, with former Coronation Street actress, Millie Gibson, joining him as the Doctor’s companion. However, it has now been reported that she won’t be returning for a second season.
According to reports, showrunner Russell T Davies has already written out her character, with an insider telling The Mirror: “Millie Gibson has all but left now and there’s a brand new companion, which is really exciting.”
It is said that she is set to be replaced by Varada Sethu, who has already started filming new episodes with the cast in Wales. Many may know the actress from her roles in BBC’s Doctor Foster, Star Wars spin-off Andor and movies Jurassic World Dominion and Now You See Me 2.
The insider continued, “Russell is keeping things moving and isn’t letting the grass grow, that’s for sure.”
Even though Millie has only appeared once so far, as Ruby Tuesday, it is thought that she will only make a handful of appearances across upcoming episodes of Ncuti’s second series as the famous Time Lord, which are set to start airing in 2024, “to tie up loose ends”. She will also not appear in this year’s Christmas special either.
And Ncuti appeared to respond to these reports after he shared a photo of him and Millie on the Doctor Who set, along with a caption reading, “My lil [heart emoji]”, to his Instagram Stories.
Millie had previously called Doctor Who “a gift of a role, and a dream come true.” And many fans will no doubt be shocked by her early departure from the BBC show.
This all comes in anticipation of the iconic show’s first series under a new deal with Disney, which is set to broaden its reach overseas and allow for even bigger budgets and special effects. UK viewers will still be able to watch new and earlier episodes of Doctor Who on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Cosmopolitan has approached the BBC for comment.
Doctor Who is set to return in May 2024.
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