Anita Dobson has let slip the name of her Doctor Who character and what her role will entail, while speaking exclusively with MailOnline.
It was announced the actress, 73, would be joining the BBC drama in an unnamed part last month, however she’s now spilled the beans on the exciting new project.
While attending the ICON Awards in Support of Prostate Cancer Charity on Friday night, she gushed about playing Mrs Flood, the elderly neighbour to companion, Ruby Sunday, played by Millie Gibson.
The former EastEnders star brushed off talk of playing a lead part in the show, admitting, ‘I wouldn’t say starring, I think the Lord himself, Ncuti and Milly are the ones starring, I’m merely joining the ranks of.
‘Well Mrs Flood is the character I play and she’s… Milly, the Ruby Sunday, the doctor’s assistant, she’s her neighbour.
‘She lives in the same street so she’s always got her eyes on what’s going on. She’s one of those.’
But despite being three days into her new job, Anita said she’s yet to film scenes with the ‘gorgeous’ 15th Doctor Ncuti Gatwa.
She said: ‘I haven’t worked with Ncuti yet. I’ve done the readthrough with him and he’s gorgeous, he’s absolutely adorable and very talented.
‘Milly, I adore. I think she’s absolutely stunning. But I’ve only done about three days so very early days.’
Having watched the cult drama as a little girl, the Stepney-native said it was a ‘no-brainer’ to say yes when writer Russell T Davies offered her the part.
She concluded: ‘He asked me to join the ranks and he said, “Please come and play with us.” How can you resist that?’
Anita was pictured filming scenes for Doctor Who in Bristol on Tuesday with Millie.
The pair were seen filming in a residential area of Clifton which was decked out with colourful Christmas decorations as they appeared to be filming for a festive episode.
Millie looked effortlessly chic in a plaid skirt and a red jumper, which she styled with a pair of chunky black boots and a fluff-lined black leather jacket.
She kept her essentials in a brown handbag slung across one shoulder and clutched shopping bags in either hand.
The actress accessorised her stylish look with a silver necklace and chunky earrings, while she wore her golden locks in a blunt bob.
She accentuated her natural beauty with a bronzed make-up palette and a slick of mascara to complete her gorgeous look.
Millie was also seen keeping warm in-between takes in a cosy dry robe and shielded her eyes with a pair of dark sunglasses.
The iconic TARDIS was also seen situated in front of a row of residential properties as The Doctor’s world is set to collide with Ruby Sunday’s.
The former soap star was seen tentatively making her way into the fictional hybrid of the time machine and spacecraft as she immersed herself into the character.
Millie is joining the popular BBC franchise for the much-anticipated new series as Ruby, the companion of the 15th Doctor, who will be played by Ncuti.
Filming new scenes, Millie was joined by Anita, 73, who cut a casual figure in purple trousers and a white shirt, which she teamed with a lilac jumper.
She bundled up amid the chilly temperatures in a blush pink padded jacket and kept comfortable in a pair of matching trainers.
Anita, who played Angie Watts in soap opera EastEnders, swept her silver tresses back into a chic up-do while her fringe framed her face.
It’s A Sin’s Michelle Greenidge is also set to join the cast.
Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three special episodes to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary, with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor.
The Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti, will then take control of the TARDIS, with his first episode airing over the festive period next year.
In October, Jodie Whittaker stepped down from her role as The Doctor, replaced by returning star David for the upcoming anniversary episodes.
The Power of the Doctor was jam-packed with excitement as famous faces returned, Jodie bowed out after five years as the Time Lord, David made his return, and fans were given a first-look at Ncuti Gatwa as the 14th Doctor.
A number of former assistants – including Janet Fielding, who plays Tegan – and former Doctors Peter Davison and Colin Baker made guest appearances in the epic.
The episode came to a very dramatic conclusion as Jodie’s Doctor shockingly regenerated into a very familiar face – David Tennant’s 10th Doctor.
Despite not being ready to regenerate, she said while watching the sunset: ‘The blossomiest blossom. That’s the only sad thing. I want to know what happens next.
‘Right then, Doctor Whoever-I-am-about-to-be. Tag, you’re it,’ before Tennant made his shock appearance.
The newly regenerated Doctor ran his fingers over his teeth and said ‘I know these’ clearly perplexed as he returned to his former body.
David is returning for three special episodes, set to air in November 2023, after bowing out from the role in 2010.
The feature length 60th celebration of the sci-fi series will also star Catherine Tate, reprising her role as companion Donna Noble.
Jodie’s finale episode on Sunday night ended with a short trailer for the anniversary episodes, which will hit screens in 2023.
The trailer teased Ncuti’s much-anticipated arrival as the star was seen asking: ‘Can someone tell me what the hell is going on?’
Following the episode, returning showrunner Russell T Davies said: ‘If you thought the appearance of David Tennant was a shock, we’ve got plenty more surprises on the way!’
‘The path to Ncuti’s Fifteenth Doctor is laden with mystery, horror, robots, puppets, danger and fun! And how is it connected to the return of the wonderful Donna Noble? How, what, why? We’re giving you a year to speculate, and then all hell lets loose!’
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