Ncuti Gatwa has been announced as the next Doctor Who star.
It’s official – after months of speculation, the successor to Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who has been found, with Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa heralded as the next face of time-traveling hero the Doctor.
Speaking about her new role, Ncuti said, “There aren’t quite the words to describe how I feel. A mixture of deeply honoured, more than excited and of course a little scared. This role and this show means so much to so many people around the world, myself included, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors handled this unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will do my best to do the same.
“Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and to be able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, thrilling, incredibly smart and bubbly with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground. the crew have been so welcoming and really give their hearts to the show. And while it’s daunting, I’m aware that I’m joining a truly supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I give my all to this show.”
Meanwhile, returning showrunner Russell T. Davies commented, “The future is here and it’s Ncuti! Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright, bold and brilliant, that I stand in awe and thank my lucky stars.
“Ncuti blew us away, grabbed the Doctor, and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds. An honor to work with, and a hoot, can’t wait to get started. I’m sure you’re dying to find out more, but we’re rationing ourselves for now, with Jodie’s wonderful epic finale to come. But I promise you, 2023 will be spectacular!”
Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer, said: “Ncuti has an incredible drive, he is a gripping and fearless young actor whose talent and energy will set the world on fire and take Doctor Who on extraordinary adventures in the new era. by Russell T Davies.”
Gatwa first teased his cast when he posted an image on his Instagram page on Sunday, May 8, 2022 consisting of two heart emojis, a plus sign emoji, and a blue box emoji.
Davies then commented on the post, which Gatwa then pinned to the post, writing, “The future is here.”
The post was later shared by production company Bad Wolf who will produce Davies’ upcoming episodes.
An extraterrestrial capable of “regenerating” and changing his face and personality, the character of the Doctor has been played by many actors since 1963, including William Hartnell, Tom Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann and David Tennant, with the outgoing star Whittaker retrieved the Doctor’s sonic staff from Peter Capaldi in December 2017.
Since then, she has starred in three series and a number of specials, with her final episode due to air this autumn as part of the BBC’s centenary special where Gatwa is likely to make her first screen appearance. .
Alongside showrunner Chris Chibnall Whittaker announced her departure from the show in the summer of 2021, sparking furious speculation over who the first female doctor might follow on the BBC’s flagship show.
Popular picks with fans and betting sites included It’s A Sin stars Olly Alexander and Lydia West, alongside picks like T’Nia Miller, Fisayo Akinade and Michaela Coel.
Gatwa is a Rwandan-Scottish actor who rose to fame in his fan-favorite role as Eric Effiong in the Netflix teen comedy series Sex Education.
The role earned him critical acclaim, three BAFTA nominations and a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Television Actor.
Sex Education is also set to return for a fourth season, with Gatwa reprising her beloved role.
In addition to Sex Education and Doctor Who, Gatwa will appear in director Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie alongside Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and her Sex Ed co-stars Emma Mackey and Connor Swindells.
The new Doctor will take on the central role in the long-running BBC sci-fi series alongside former showrunner Russell T Davies, who was in charge of the show from 2005 to 2010 and now takes over the helm ahead of the celebrations for the Who’s 60th anniversary in 2023.
Further details on the Doctor’s new co-stars, costume, and other traditional changes (including new designs for the trademark TARDIS interior and sonic screwdriver) are expected in due course.
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