DOCTOR WHO Set Photos And Footage Reveals The Fifteenth Doctor's New Companion - Possible SPOILERS

DOCTOR WHO Set Photos And Footage Reveals The Fifteenth Doctor's New Companion - Possible SPOILERS DOCTOR WHO Set Photos And Footage Reveals The Fifteenth Doctor's New Companion - Possible SPOILERS

New photos from the set of Doctor Who season 2 have found their way online and they confirm that the Fifteenth Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) is getting a new companion in Andor star Varada Seethu. Check it out!

By JoshWilding - Jan 24, 2024 05:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Who

This past weekend, word leaked that Millie Gibson's time as the fifteenth Doctor's companion in Doctor Who will end after just one season. While she is expected to appear as Ruby Sunday in at least three episodes of season 2, those are expected to serve as Gibson's farewell to the Whoniverse. 

Andor star Varada Seethu is reportedly taking over as the new companion, and that's been confirmed by photos and video from the show's set in Penarth, Wales (first shared on

Aside from the eye-catching 1950s setting, we don't learn much but the TARDIS has been spotted as has the Doctor himself, Ncuti Gatwa, as he explores these surroundings alongside Seethu's unnamed character. 

Shooting wrapped on season 1 last year (those episodes begin airing in May) and work is already underway on the next batch of episodes. That gives showrunner Russell T Davies plenty of time to ensure Doctor Who can return to a regular schedule following the disruptions COVID caused to Jodie Whittaker's stint as the Doctor. This year's Christmas Special has also likely been filmed but isn't expected to feature Gibson.

The BBC hasn't commented on this apparent change but Gibson only sticking around for one season isn't exactly unheard of when it comes to Doctor Who companions. Remember, Freema Agyeman's Martha Jones and Catherine Tate's Donna Noble both only received year-long runs in the TARDIS! 

Tellingly, that happened when Davies was in charge of Doctor Who in the mid-2000s, so this news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. 

"I’ve been very lucky with Doctor Who," the showrunner said last year. "I have loved something and it has loved me back. And somewhere out there, some kid is watching. In 40 years’ time, it will belong to them, just in time for the 100th anniversary."

"Maybe they’ll produce a holovid eyeball-injected eidetic-image laser-think-version of the show, but in some shape or form, I am certain ...Doctor Who will still be here."

You can take a closer look at these new photos and videos from the set of Doctor Who, courtesy of Doctor Who Filming Locations, in the X posts below.

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ANDOR Star Varada Sethu Officially Boards DOCTOR WHO Season 2 As The Time Lord Gets TWO Companions
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Origame - 1/24/2024, 5:41 AM
That was fast.
braunermegda - 1/24/2024, 6:29 AM
@Origame - yes, like Martha was fast and many, many companions before. Rtd always said he wanted one companion for each series, so no surprises here.
dagenspear - 1/24/2024, 8:36 AM
@braunermegda - Martha was after 2 series, not 1. Rose was in 2 series before her.
Radders - 1/24/2024, 8:42 AM
@dagenspear - We also didn't know Martha was only in one series months before it started
TheVisionary25 - 1/24/2024, 5:58 AM
Sweet , they look good (especially Varada)!!,

This probably won’t be the case but I hope she’s a companion from a different time period…

I get having companions from modern day since they are suppose to be the audiences eyes into the world so them being from Earth and current day at the time makes them more relatable but I have been wanting one from a different period or even alien all together akin to Classic Who for some time now just to freshen it up.

Anyway , can’t wait to see this aswell as the remainder of Millie & Ncuti’s run together since i liked her character and their chemistry aswell so far!!.

Apophis71 - 1/24/2024, 7:37 AM
@TheVisionary25 - Would love a another alien companion again at some point, not been enough of those.
TheVandalore - 1/24/2024, 5:58 AM
So this is Doctor Who?
TheVandalore - 1/24/2024, 5:59 AM
This like isn't even like... The same thing anymore, is it?
Apophis71 - 1/24/2024, 6:54 AM
@TheVandalore - Cos they are running around in period clothing on Earth? Done that with most incarnations of the Doctor at certain points esp with Earth based episodes, certainly with NewWho, sometimes more oft than others but nothing shown in this on it's own stands out as atypical.
UncleHarm1 - 1/24/2024, 11:18 AM
@TheVandalore - You are aware the show has been around for a long time, no? Like they change out the actors and writers constantly... you must've noticed
TheVandalore - 1/24/2024, 6:01 AM
marvel72 - 1/24/2024, 10:13 AM
@TheVandalore - The genuine first Doctor.
TheVandalore - 1/24/2024, 6:03 AM
Is this what happens when you run out of ideas? You just completely change the formula for your characters and the shows tone?
braunermegda - 1/24/2024, 6:30 AM
@TheVandalore - the show it has been the same, don't say what you don't know or follow. He's a [frick]ing alien who regenerates when dying. It changed the tone between series four and five, then again between series seven and eight, once again between eleven and thirteen. If you want to just hate towards it, at least watch.
Radders - 1/24/2024, 8:44 AM
@braunermegda - The timeless child guff means its not
dagenspear - 1/24/2024, 9:18 AM
@braunermegda - Some may not like the tone changes.
marvel72 - 1/24/2024, 10:14 AM
@TheVandalore - Yup make him a gay black man.
Apophis71 - 1/24/2024, 10:29 AM
@dagenspear - This is true but typicaly each actor playing the Doctor is only around for three seasons before they change the style and tone again with a new one which they may prefer. Only three out of 14 numbered version ones had more than 3 seasons and only one of those was newWho only by also coming back as the 14th, two only had one season as the Doctor.

Too soon for any to fully judge anything yet with this one however, not enough to go on from one special and the third act only with Tennant. Tone also oft changes with new companions too even during each incarnation thus even if any don't like his time with Millie they may do with Varada.
UncleHarm1 - 1/24/2024, 11:20 AM
@marvel72 - Ur just upset because people are accepting of both gay and black people these days. But you can't even get that girl you like to notice you😣
marvel72 - 1/24/2024, 5:08 PM
@UncleHarm1 - No I'm not is just pandering,Doctor Woke is the worse it's been in years.

Just more box ticking, watch the viewing numbers drop.
TheVandalore - 1/24/2024, 6:05 AM
Make it a vehicle for agenda politics, fashion shows every episode and musicals!
Apophis71 - 1/24/2024, 7:00 AM
@TheVandalore - Fashion has always been a big part of the show going back to classic Who, and we have had one singular time of the Doctor and companion singing in one singular scene, stop inventing issues before even watching stuff.
dagenspear - 1/24/2024, 8:35 AM
@TheVandalore - What are you talking about? Fashion and musicals are a problem for DW?
lazlodaytona - 1/24/2024, 6:16 AM
Let me guess: she's 18
braunermegda - 1/24/2024, 6:31 AM
@lazlodaytona - for a billion years old alien everyone is eighteen.
Apophis71 - 1/24/2024, 7:04 AM
@lazlodaytona - Wouldn't cast someone in her 30's if not intended to be in her 30's or at least late 20's on a modern day BBC show but considering the age of the Doctor kinda meaningless what age the human companions are however his first ever was supposed to be a teenager back in the 60's.
Radders - 1/24/2024, 8:49 AM
@Apophis71 - His Grand Daughter
Apophis71 - 1/24/2024, 9:29 AM
@Radders - yes, and? Anyone having an issue with one 19yr old, ie adult, being along for an adventure for a single season has their own issues.
Radders - 1/26/2024, 8:42 AM
@Apophis71 - so we don't know her actual age
Apophis71 - 1/26/2024, 9:12 AM
@Radders - ? Ruby ? Her age is stated as 19 which as two years after the age you can enlist in the army in the UK and start having legal autonomy rights from 16 here... Fully legaly in all ways adult at 18 so don't get the issue folk have over that on a family show primarily aimed at kids when no implication of a romantic relationship at all with the Doctor and only traveling with him for a total of about 12 episodes.

The Beeb do not cast actors in their 30's as much if at all younger than they actualy are, other than exceptional circumstance like with the Doctor who is hundreds of years old, lol. Long gone the days here here a teen character is played by anyone in their 30's certainly and uncommon more than a year or three difference between actor/role. Unless a narrative reason it is typical a character is the exact same age as the actor in anything produced for the BBC and Varada Seethu is 31 so if human the character will most likely be that age give or take a year or two if they even state a canon age on the show which they oft don't (if not will be listed as actors age same as character).
Apophis71 - 1/26/2024, 9:34 AM
@Radders - Put it this way, IRL Ruby would have been kicked out of the care system entirely at 18 and stated on the show her character was a rare instance where a foster parent didn't turf her out at that age or younger. That can oft occur at 16 and not always suffice transition services till 18, and were ample references to how she had been doing all she could since becoming fully adult to help out with living costs etc. Was VERY explicit in the show she was 19, inc her being on the foundling series thing where they would not have had her on it if not fully adult and also would not have been at a nightclub legaly drinking if not adult let alone performing with a band etc in one. In most cases she would have normaly be having to fend entirely for herself without any support from the state or foster parents etc.
Apophis71 - 1/26/2024, 9:55 AM
@Radders - In fact I will put it another way, you can enrol for the Police force in the UK at 17 and start active duty at 18. At age 19 your working day could be driving around in a Police car with a 50yr old male Police officer apprehending violent criminals, so don't see the difference between that and her going around with a Doctor in a Police Box who physicaly appears like someone only 31 cos when you start looking at his actual age being over 1,000yrs old a 40yr old character would be like a young child to him comparatively speaking anyway and his first may have been a relative but was still in school, not an adult, and living alone with a version who looked a LOT older so...
Radders - 1/29/2024, 8:35 AM
@Apophis71 - I was talking about Susan, his grand daughter
Apophis71 - 1/29/2024, 9:34 AM
@Radders - Susan? depends what you go on as initialy she was supposed to be about 16 but there are question marks over that however not the only young companion. After those first three from the pilot the next companion, Vicki was 14 for instance and NOT a relative at all. Then after a few in their early 20's Victoria was 14 or 15 too with the second incarnation of the Doctor followed by 16 year old Zoe.

Heck new Who Rose, the first modern companion was 19 with Eccleston just Billy was a few years older than that so this is not that uncommon in the history of what is primarily a kids show with the companions there as the representative of the audience. With the odd older exceptions here and there most tend to be in their 20's to early 30's however and since the 3rd Doctor all been over 18 bar Ace who was 17 with the seventh Doctor. Although saying that Amy ALMOST went off with Matt's 11th Doctor at about 7yrs old but his messed up TARDIS didn't return for 12yrs instead of a few minutes so again was 19yrs old like Rose was.

The difference this time with Millie is the character and actor are the same age where typicaly they were a few years older with others in New Who and early Doctor Who typicaly a bigger age gap for the younger companions. Prior youngest actor with the Doctor was Matthew Waterhouse who was already 19 in season 18 of classic Who when he was cast as Adric of about the same age where as Millie was announced when she was still 18.
Radders - 1/30/2024, 12:07 PM
@Apophis71 - I don't have a problem with Millie being 19 - age is entirely relative to a timelord - I was ok with Buffy and Angel so I'm Ok with this - pretty sure there won't be a romantic entanglement anyway
Twenty23Three - 1/24/2024, 6:31 AM
RTD comes back and suddenly we have behind the scenes drama again, he really knows how to pick them.
Also unrelated note but, from what we’ve seen of photos and set leaks, the Doctor now puts on time appropriate wigs. Which is just the right level of silly
TheVisionary25 - 1/24/2024, 6:33 AM
@Twenty23Three - what drama?.

It’s been reported that Millie being a one season or bit companion was a planned decision and nothing else and given we have had one season companions before under RTD , I think that is likely the case rather then some falling out or whatever.
Twenty23Three - 1/24/2024, 7:10 AM
@TheVisionary25 - apologies, worded it in a way that made it seem like I believed she was a problem. The drama I was talking about was people spreading rumours that she’s on on set diva and the media running wild with it. They did they same thing year ago when it was announced Christopher Eccelston was leaving
TheVisionary25 - 1/24/2024, 7:13 AM
@Twenty23Three - oh , I didn’t know that

My apologies aswell.
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