Doctor Who | Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson on introducing their characters in season one

Doctor Who the Doctor and Ruby in the TARDIS
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Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson have been shooting Doctor Who since 2022 – and they’ve been talking about launching their first full series.

The return of Doctor Who to our screens this coming May bring with it – amongst other things – the first full season for Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor and Millie Gibson’s Ruby. The pair came together in the 2023 Christmas special for the first time, The Church On Ruby Road, but we now get eight episodes of them travelling through time and space. Eight episodes that began shooting at the end of 2022.

At the UK premiere in London for the new series of Doctor Who, the pair were asked how they’re feeling about properly introducing their characters to the world.

“Crazy”, said Gibson. “Nerve-wracking”, added Gatwa. “It’ll be a lot of people’s first impressions of the show”, Millie Gibson added, “so I think that’s so honourable and wild. To be someone’s first impression of a companion. I’ve grown up in this world, and I wouldn’t think of myself as that first representation of the companion of the Doctor. That’ll be really special, and that hasn’t sunk in”.

Ncuti Gatwa added that “I’m ready”, noting how long it’s been since they actually started working on the series that the world is about to be. Gatwa talked of “the privilege of working with Russell’s [T Davies] writing, and just sitting on this really incredible project.”

“It’s like you’ve got a secret and you want to share it. So it’s time that we share it”.

There was a lovely moment at the Q&A too when a young Doctor Who fan asked Ncuti Gatwa who his favourite Doctor was: Jon Pertwee and David Tennant, as it happened. But then the question was turned on the youngest, and he put Ncuti Gatwa on his list. The look on Gatwa’s face was really quite priceless.

Doctor Who series 1 (or 14, if you prefer) debuts on 11th May 2024, with the double bill of Space Babies and The Devil’s Chord. Both will be on BBC iPlayer and BBC One.

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