BBC has announced that Sex Education actor Ncuti Gatwa will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the iconic Time Lord in Doctor Who. Gatwa will portray the 14th Doctor on the beloved BBC sci-fi series following Jodie Whittaker’s exit.
Gatwa, who is best known for his role as Eric in Netflix’s massively popular series Sex Education, will be the first black actor to portray the Doctor full-time. In an official statement on the Doctor Who website, Ncuti said: “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.”
Russell T. Davies will return as showrunner for the next season of Doctor Who, after successfully rebooting the sci-fi series and running it from 2005 to 2009. Davies 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.”
Jodie Whittaker will appear as the Doctor in one final episode, which will air later this year during the centenary of the BBC. It’s likely that we’ll get our first look at Gatwa’s version of the Doctor in the final moments of Whittaker’s last episode.
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