It’s time for a new Doctor: Ncuti Gatwa has been chosen to play the fourteenth version of the protagonist Time Lord in the long-running British science fiction series “Doctor who. “
Concluding months of speculation about who will play one of the most iconic characters in television history, the BBC unveiled the news in a Press release Sunday, writing: “The future is here! Ncuti Gatwa is the doctor.
The 29-year-old star will replace actor Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the role, which revealed in July that he was leaving the show after three seasons and a trio of specials, with its final installation set to air later this year.
The Scottish star, born in Rwanda, will be the first black actor to play a leading incarnation of the role full-time – British actress Jo Martin played a previously unknown version of the character for a handful of episodes – in the franchise’s 59-year history.
His credits include NetflixThe hugely popular ‘Sex Education’ series, for which he won Best Actor at the 2020 Scottish BAFTAs for his role as Eric Effiong, a gay high school student and best friend of series star Otis (Asa Butterfield). He will also appear in Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated “Barbie,” played by Margot Robbie.
in a BBC statementGatwa said he was “deeply honored, as well as excited and obviously a little scared” by the casting.
“This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care,” he said. “I’ll do my best to do the same.”
Queer as Folk and It’s a Sin creator Russell T Davies, who previously revived the series in 2005 and directed it for years, will also return as showrunner.
“Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true,” added Gatwa. “His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and full of dangers. The metaphorical playground of an actor “.
“The whole team was so welcoming and really gave their heart to the show,” continued the actor. “And as disheartening as it is, I am aware that I am joining a truly supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may have only one heart, but I’m giving everything for this show. “
davies The BBC told News that Gatwa won the role with a “dazzling” audition, revealing, “He was our last. We thought we had someone, and then he walked in and stole it.”
The series won’t arrive until 2023, but fans have already turned to social media to celebrate Gatwa’s casting.