Ncuti Gatwa will be the new Doctor, taking over from Jodie Whittaker as the Time Lord in Doctor Who.
The show’s official Twitter account shared the news today, writing: “The future is here! Ncuti Gatwa is the Doctor.”
Gatwa will become the 14th Doctor of the series and the first black actor to play the role.
Established in theatre as well as on screen, Gatwa’s breakthrough came in Netflix comedy drama Sex Education, playing Eric Effiong, a role for which he was awarded Best Actor Award at the Scottish BAFTAs in 2020 as well as a BAFTA nomination for Best Male Performance in a comedy programme this year.
Speaking of his new role, 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. 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.”
Returning showrunner Russell T Davies added: “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!”
BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore said: “Ncuti has an incredible dynamism, he’s a striking and fearless young actor whose talent and energy will set the world alight and take Doctor Who on extraordinary adventures under Russell T Davies’ new era.”
Whittaker took over as the Time Lord in 2017 as the first female doctor.
Davies was previously credited for the show’s renaissance after his previous stint as showrunner. He also wrote the Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin, the leading nominee in today’s BAFTA TV Awards.
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