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What to expect from Ncuti Gatwa’s first season of Doctor Who

The new Doctor is coming May 2024! What can we expect from his first season? 

With Ncuti Gatwa’s Fifteenth Doctor making his sparkling debut alongside brand-new companion, Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) on Christmas Day, fans have already been treated to a taste of what’s to come from a brand-new era of Doctor Who. However, there’s still months to go before Season One launches in May…

So, what can we expect from Ncuti’s first season of Doctor Who? And who will be joining the Doctor and Ruby Sunday on their adventures in time and space?

As announced alongside a trailer on Christmas Day 2023:

With Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor, alongside Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday, they will face new monsters as they head off in the TARDIS for many out-of-this-world adventures. The new season will also see an all-star line-up including returnees Yasmin Finney and Bonnie Langford who will reprise their roles as Rose Noble and Mel Bush. As well as introducing Jinkx Monsoon as the Doctor’s most powerful enemy yet, Jonathan Groff in a mysterious key role, Indira Varma as the Duchess, and Lenny Rush as Morris, to name just a few...

So, who is coming along for the adventure?

Ncuti Gatwa
The Doctor

Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor

Ncuti Gatwa is the new Doctor set to take charge of the TARDIS, from The Church on Ruby Road, now to all of time and space!

Speaking of his new role, Ncuti said:

“There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared. This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will endeavour my utmost to do the same.

Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show.”

Millie Gibson
Ruby Sunday

Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday

Starring alongside Ncuti Gatwa, Millie made her debut over the festive season in 2023 – who knows where the Doctor and Ruby will go next?

Speaking of her new role, Millie Gibson 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 Gatwa added:

“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!”

Jinkx Monsoon

Jinkx Monsoon in Doctor Who

Award-winning actress, singer and two-time RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Jinkx Monsoon will appear in a major role in the new series of Doctor Who, and is set to become the Doctor’s most powerful enemy yet!

Jinkx Monsoon said:

“I’m honoured, thrilled, and utterly excited to join Doctor Who! Russell T Davies is a visionary and a brilliant writer – I can’t wait to get into the weeds with him and the crew! I hope there’s room in the TARDIS for my luggage.” 

Russell T Davies, Showrunner, said:

“In a galaxy of comets and supernovas, here comes the biggest star of all. Jinkx Monsoon is on a collision course with the TARDIS, and Doctor Who will never be the same again!”

Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff

Award winning star of stage and screen Jonathan Groff is set to appear in the new series of Doctor Who – and he’s on his way to jump aboard the TARDIS in a mysterious and exciting guest role.

On joining Doctor Who, Jonathan Groff said:

“I am so thrilled to jump into the extraordinary mind of Russell T Davies and watch the incredible Ncuti Gatwa soar in this iconic role!”

Indira Varma
The Duchess

Indira Varma

Award-winning actress Indira Varma is crossing galaxies as she joins the new series.

First entering the world of Doctor Who as Suzie Costello in Russell T Davies’ spin-off series Torchwood, Indira now steps aboard the TARDIS in her new role as the Duchess.

Speaking of joining, Indira said:

"I’m thrilled to be in Doctor Who and particularly excited to be crossing cosmic paths with Ncuti, as the Doctor, and look forward to creating interplanetary mischief with him. I loved playing Suzie Costello for Russell T Davies in Torchwood so am thrilled to be entering this world again."

Bonnie Langford
Melanie Bush

Bonnie Langford as Mel Bush

Mel-come back! Bonnie Langford is reprising the role of Melanie Bush. As one of the first people who saw the Doctor’s bi-generation, what adventures await the Doctor’s first redhead companion (that's right, move over Donna Noble, that title is taken!)? 

Bonnie Langford said:

"I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing Melanie Bush back. To be part of the exceptional cast, crew and production team led by the force of nature that is Russell T Davies is a career highlight. I’m so privileged and proud to have been a member of the Doctor Who family since the classic era and to be included in the new generation is phenomenal.”

Lenny Rush

Lenny Rush as Morris

Make way for Morris! Having just won a BAFTA at the age of fourteen, Lenny Rush’s stardom is once again about to go out of this world as he takes on the role of Morris in the series.

Speaking about joining Doctor Who, Lenny said:

“It’s an absolute honour to be part of Doctor Who, one of the most iconic shows on television and wow what a dream come true!”


Aneurin Barnard, Jemma Redgrave, Yasmin Finney

Additionally, Aneurin Barnard joins the show as the mysterious Roger ap Gwilliam. Jemma Redgrave continues heading up UNIT as the indomitable Kate Lethbridge-Stewart. And Yasmin Finney from The Star Beast returns as Rose Noble.

The Sunday family, Carla (Michelle Greenidge) and Cherry (Angela Wynter) return following their debut in The Church on Ruby Road, and Anita Dobson again appears as the intriguing Mrs Flood - the woman who ended the Christmas Special with the iconic "Never seen a TARDIS before?".

Michelle Greenidge, Angela Wynter, Anita Dobson

The brand-new teaser might provide some hints as to what’s to come for the Doctor and Ruby. With Beatles, terrifying monsters and “powers beyond the universe”, it’s not to be missed! Get ready to go into the vortex...

Doctor Who returns in May 2024.

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