The BBC has revealed that Ncuti Gatwa, known for his role in Netflix’s sitcom Sex Education, will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor on Doctor Who.
The 29-year-old Scottish actor, who was born in Rwanda, will become the 14th Doctor on the science fiction show and also will be the first person of colour to undertake the role.
Gatwa is currently best-known for his role in the hugely popular show Sex Education, playing the role of socially awkward high school student Eric Effiong but has stated he is looking forward playing the iconic role.
‘Means so much’
“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,” Gatwa said in a statement on the official Doctor Who website. “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 Davis, returning as the showrunner after he leaving the show in 2009, said: “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!”
Gatwa will take up the role in 2023.
He featured in last night’s BAFTA TV Awards shown on Channel 4 after being nominated for ‘best male performance in a comedy programme’ for his role in Sex Education. He also presented the award for ‘best scripted comedy’ and received a warm round of applause when walking on stage.
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