Physician Who Simply Threw Everybody a Heck of a Curveball

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in the Doctor Who episode "Boom."

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The brand new season of Physician Who is in full swing, and it’s already making some large strikes early into its run. This week’s episode, “Growth,” places the Physician and Ruby on the planet of Kastarion 3, which is at present within the midst of a struggle the pair are unable to flee from after the Physician is trapped by an energetic landmine. That doesn’t cease them from making pals amidst the battle, although—in truth, one of many allies they acquire made for fairly a pleasing shock.

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Anglican Marine Mundy Flynn, who helps the Physician and Ruby all through the episode, is performed by Andor’s Varada Sethu, who’s set to be the brand new (and at present unnamed) companion within the subsequent season. It seems Sethu received’t reprise the function when she comes over full-time, one thing made clear on Twitter when she talked about taking her first steps into the franchise by way of Mundy. “I’m so grateful I get to return again for extra,” she wrote, “however you’ll all have to attend and see how that manifests within the new companion function.”

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, episode author Steven Moffat wasequally tight-lipped on how her double casting happened, and deferred to Sethu’s appaearance right here as all a part of showrunner Russell T. Davies’ plans. Nonetheless, he did word there was some enjoyable in doing a basic Who casting transfer of hiring visitor actors who find yourself enjoying companions down the road. Within the trendy Who period, it occurred to each Freema Agyeman and Jenna Coleman—the previous’s visitor function was later made into the cousin to eventual her companion function of Martha Jones—and even Peter Capaldi landed a visitor half earlier than he ended up changing into the Twelfth Physician.

Davies reaffirmed Sethu’s assertion that Mundy’s story has come to an finish, and that her companion character will probably be revealed in full subsequent 12 months. Whether or not you imagine him or not, her displaying up helped make the episode much more thrilling, and it makes the look forward to her to hold with the Physician and Ruby really feel even longer.

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