Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa makes history as the next Dr Who!

Posted by Ria, 16 May

Huge congratulations to Ncuti Gatwa, as he has just been announced as the new Dr Who!

It's just been revealed that the 29-year-old Sex Education actor will become the 14th Time Lord, officially taking over from Jodie Whittaker, who has played the iconic role since 2018.

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Gatwa, who was born in Nyarugenge, Rwanda and raised in Scotland, will also be making history by becoming the first ever person of color to portray the famous character – and we can expect to see his debut some time in 2023!

"It feels really amazing. It's a true honor. This role is an institution and it's so iconic," Gatwa told BBC News, adding that the role "means a lot to so many people, including myself."

"I feel very grateful to have had the baton handed over and I'm going to try to do my best," he added.

Writer and producer Russell T Davies couldn’t stop singing Gatwa's praises, revealing that the actor had seriously impressed him in what he described as a "blazing" audition.

"It was our last audition. It was our very last one," Davies said.

"We thought we had someone, and then in he came and stole it.

"I'm properly, properly thrilled. It's going to be a blazing future."

In an official statement, Gatwa said he is "definitely going to do my own thing" in terms of his portrayal of the Doctor, and will try to make the role his own, as opposed to trying to follow in another Time Lord's footsteps.

In the statement, he also said that working with Davies was "a dream come true," and was full of praise for his writing…

"His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger - an actor's metaphorical playground," Gatwa continued.

"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."

We can't wait to see him in action!


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