Ncuti Gatwa Announced As The New Doctor Who

by Olly MacNamee
Picture: @bbcdoctorwho

With Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor about to regenerate the BBC today announced who she will be transforming into; Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa. Having been born in Rwanda but brought up in Scotland, Gatwa is probably best known for his starring part in Netflix’s Sex Education (for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Scottish BAFTA’s in 2020) and makes his debut as part of Russell T. Davies’s return as showrunner to the series. Needless to say, Gatwa will be the first Black actor to play this iconic role.

Ncuti said, of this new role:

“There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared. This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will endeavour my upmost to do the same. Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground. The entire team have been so welcoming and truly give their hearts to the show. And so as much as it’s daunting, I’m aware I’m joining a really supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show.”

Russell T Davies, Showrunner added:

“The future is here and it’s Ncuti! Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars. Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds. It’s an honour to work with him, and a hoot, I can’t wait to get started. I’m sure you’re dying to know more, but we’re rationing ourselves for now, with the wonderful Jodie’s epic finale yet to come. But I promise you, 2023 will be spectacular!”

Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer said:

“Ncuti has an incredible dynamism, he’s a striking and fearless young actor whose talent and energy will set the world alight and take Doctor Who on extraordinary adventures under Russell T Davies’ new era.”


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