After Jodie Whittaker announced her departure from the popular BBC show in July, the 29-year-old Ncuti Gatwa will take over as the 14th doctor. Gatwa is the first black to play The Doctor, following Jodie Whittaker’s historic debut as the first permanent female Time Lord in 2017. Ncuti Gatwa is a Scottish actor best known for acting in the Netflix programme sex education.
He has also been nominated for a Bafta for best male performance for his role as Eric in sex education. In addition, he presented the Bafta for best-scripted comedy during Sunday’s presentation, receiving a standing ovation as he stepped on stage. For sex education, he has already won a Scottish Bafta and a Rosed’Or Award, showing his previous success as an actor.
“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 mean 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 utmost to do the same” Ncuti said about his new upcoming role as The Doctor.
Gatwa originally hinted about his casting as The Doctor in an Instagram picture that included two heart emojis, a plus sign emoji, and a blue box emoji. “The future is here,” Davies said in response to the Instagram photo before the BBC confirmed he was indeed to play the next role as The Doctor.