Millie Gibson joins the cast of Doctor Who

Millie Gibson has joined the cast of the sci-fi show credit:Bang Showbiz
Millie Gibson has joined the cast of the sci-fi show credit:Bang Showbiz

Millie Gibson will be the new companion on 'Doctor Who'.

The 18-year-old actress - who is best known for playing Kelly Neelan in 'Coronation Street' - is set to star alongside Ncuti Gatwa on the BBC show.

Millie - who has landed the role of Ruby Sunday, the Doctor's new companion - 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 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."

Ncuti, 30, is similarly excited to work with Millie.

The actor - who was confirmed as the new Doctor in May - shared: "Millie just is the companion. She is full of talent, strength, she has a cheeky sparkle in her eye and is sharp as a razor.

"From the moment she walked into the room she captured all of our attention with her effervescence and then solidified that attention with the sheer torque of her talent. This adventure is going to be so wild and so fun, I cannot wait to sail the universe with Millie!"

Meanwhile, Russell T Davies - the 'Doctor Who' showrunner - watched Millie during her time on 'Coronation Street' and he's confident that she'll be a huge success on the sci-fi show.

He said: "It’s the great honour of my job to find the next generation of talent, and Millie shines like a star already. She’s brilliant, dynamic, clever and a wonderful actor.

"As a 'Coronation Street' fan, I’ve seen Millie survive chases, guns and sieges, but that’s nothing compared to what lies ahead for Ruby Sunday."