Ncuti Gatwa will take over from Jodie Whittaker’s acclaimed run as Doctor Who in the next series.
The Sex Education star will be the 14th Doctor in the immensely popular television series that has been on air since 1963.
The 29 year old actor has also made history as the first Black actor to play the role.
It’s A Sin creator Russell T Davies will also be returning to write the show after his departure in 2009.
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Speaking about his next on screen outing, Gatwa 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.”
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Ncuti Gatwa added “I will endeavour my utmost 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 has been so welcoming and truly give their hearts to the show.”
Ncuti Gatwa is so good on SEX EDUCATION, a lightning rod of charm and comedic timing. A star from the moment he popped on screen. He’s going to be phenomenal as the next Doctor. #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/IiM1qjd8UC
— Robert Daniels (@812filmreviews) May 8, 2022
He concluded his heartwarming statement with “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.”
Jodie Whittaker has played the role since 2017 also making history as the first female doctor.
“It was really weird because I said randomly to my agent that my dream role would be Doctor Who and the next week she called me saying ‘you’d never guess who called you’ so dream big and manifest. Manifestation is the key”
Ncuti Gatwa is already a great role model to fans pic.twitter.com/oTJcyaTEuj
— Safe Space Who (@SafeSpaceDrWho) May 9, 2022
Ncuti is set to make his debut as the Doctor in 2023 following Jodie Whittakers departure from the role later this year.
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