Doctor Who fans praise Millie Gibson in 'best episode yet'

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26 May 2024, 12:23

Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday in Doctor Who

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Doctor Who fans have come out in droves to praise Millie Gibson’s performance in the latest episode of the long-running BBC series. 

73 Yards, the fourth episode of the latest series, sees Millie’s character Ruby Sunday unravel a mystery in rural Wales after the Doctor vanishes off the side of a cliff. 

In the 40-minute episode, Ruby is left to her own devices as she searches for the Doctor while being followed by a mysterious woman who is always 73 yards away from her. 



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Fans of the show have taken to X to share their thoughts on the unsettling episode and to praise Gibson for her performance. 

One person wrote: “73 Yards was absolutely brilliant. Best episode yet. How brave to have a Doctorless story only four shows in. Millie Gibson is amazing as Ruby Sunday. Superstar. #DoctorWho”

Another said: “Millie Gibson at the age of 18 (at time of filming) was able to hold an entire episode of Doctor Who. What a captivating performance.”

A third added: “I very genuinely do not know how to talk “73 Yards” without spoilers. It’s the fantasy slant we’ve seen, but much more serious and darker in tone. Millie Gibson has her best performance yet in the show. Very creepy, very unnerving, very beautiful. #DoctorWho”. 

While a fourth wrote: ‘73 Yards’ is one of the most quietly unsettling episodes of @bbcdoctorwho in its long history. The blend of folk horror, grief & political comment are so well realised. And Millie Gibson is outstanding #DoctorWho

In her latest Instagram post, Millie revealed that 73 Yards was the very first script she read from the new season. 

She added: “I remember closing it and re reading it again straight away. It has such a special place in my heart; I didn’t know Ruby, I didn’t know what her story was going to entail, and I didn’t know anyone at Doctor who either.

“During filming this episode, I experienced everything for the first time that Ruby was experiencing too. I grew and learnt so much as an actress and as a person. When I watch this episode, I feel such a sense of fulfilment and joy. This particular journey has been very nostalgic to see back and I am just so happy to have accomplished 73 yards.”

Doctor Who returns with episode five, Dot and Bubble on Saturday, June 1, on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.