Millie Gibson gushes over new job after feeling ‘down’ over Corrie exit

Millie Gibson has opened up on the 'fate' of her Doctor Who audition – after discovering she had been successful in landing a role on the BBC programme on the same day that she filmed her final scenes in Coronation Street.

The 18-year old actress, who has now departed Weatherfield, will star in the sci-fi show as Ruby Sunday, alongside Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa, who has taken on the job of the 15th Doctor.

Manchester-born Millie, who won the Best Young Performer Award at the 2022 Soap Awards for her portrayal of druggie Kelly Neelan on the Cobbles, recalled landing the new role to Doctor Who magazine.

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She explained: "My agent rang me and said, 'How are you doing?'. And I was like, 'I’m a bit down, it was my last day today', and he said, 'Well, this will keep you occupied'."

Millie, who becomes the youngest Doctor Who companion in the show’s illustrious history, said her first thought was "Oh my God, this is fate" when her agent went into further detail.

The teen went on to reveal that she initially felt nervous about meeting Ncuti and showrunner Russell T Davies at her London audition, but her fears were soon allayed, as she described the the duo as the "most at-ease people ever".

The audition saw Millie and Ncuti tested over their chemistry, with show bosses looking to cast a pair that "bounced off" each other with their respective lines.

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She continued: "What’s so great about Ncuti is, a stranger could bounce off him without even knowing him. He’s just so beautifully talented, in that aspect. He’s the perfect Doctor. And I’ll try to be the perfect companion."

Millie, who said she used to love watching the show with her dad and cites Matt Smith as her favourite Doctor, found out she had landed the part while getting a spray tan ahead of last year's National Television Awards.

"I was in the room waiting to dry off when I got this WhatsApp call, asking me to join the call with all my agents. I picked up the phone and they were like, ‘Are you good at keeping secrets?’ I said, ‘Yeah’. They said, 'Are you really good at keeping secrets? Cos you’ve got it'."

Viewers will have to wait until the 2023 festive season for the first episodes starring Millie to air.

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