Varada Sethu to Board the Tardis as Ncuti Gatwa’s “Doctor Who” 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 full season of Doctor Who is finally coming our way next month, and we already know what the next chapter has in store. The 15th Doctor will have not one but two companions in his second season as the Time Lord after Varada Sethu joined the cast.

Sethu’s name was first mentioned in connection with Doctor Who in January when rumors about Millie Gibson’s departure made the headlines. BBC finally decided to address the speculations, and it turns out Sethu won’t be replacing Gibson, but joining Gatwa as his second companion, instead.

Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies confirmed Sethu’s casting and revealed she already started shooting her scenes alongside Gatwa and Gibson.

“I first worked with Varada on a BBC production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and it’s a joy to welcome her on board the TARDIS… We’ve got Ncuti, Millie, and Varada fighting side by side–we need all three because the stakes are higher than ever,” said Davies in a statement.

Varada Sethu previously worked with Disney+ on the Star Wars series Andor, and she feels like the luckiest person in the world to join Doctor Who. She thanked the show’s fans for welcoming her with open arms and added she’s looking forward to going on adventures with Gatwa and Gibson.