Varada Sethu to Join “Doctor Who” as Ncuti Gatwa’s Second Companion

Varada Sethu at the
Varada Sethu at the "Hard Sun" TV series premiere in London in November 2017. Photo by Nils Jorgensen/Shutterstock (9244044bm)

Ncuti Gatwa’s first season as Doctor Who will soon launch on BBC and Disney+, and his next trip around the sun will be even more epic. Varada Sethu has been cast as Gatwa’s second companion, joining Millie Gibson.

The rumors about Varada Sethu’s casting started circling around back in January when Millie Gibson’s potential exit made the headlines. It eventually turned out that Gibson isn’t stepping down after all – she’ll be back as Ruby Sunday next season, with Sethu joining her as the Doctor’s second companion.

Sethu said she feels like the luckiest person in the world after her casting was announced, and added she’s “grateful to the whole Doctor Who family – because that is what they are – for welcoming [her] with open arms and making [her] feel so at home.”

Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies, who previously worked with Sethu on BBC’s adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream, said it’s a joy to welcome her on board and promised the stakes will be higher than ever once she boards the Tardis.

Ncuti Gatwa’s first full season of Doctor Who will premiere on May 10 on Disney+ in the US and on May 11 on BBC in the UK. It will debut with the first two episodes, while the remaining six will air weekly.