It’s time for a new Doctor: Ncuti Gatwa has been cast as the titular 14th version of the Time Lord on the long-running British sci-fi series ‘Doctor Who’.
Ending months of speculation over who will play one of the most iconic characters in television history next, the BBC broke the news in a press release on 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, who revealed in July that she would be leaving the show after three seasons and a trio of specials, with its final episode to air a little later. late. This year.
The Rwandan-born Scottish star will be the first black actor to play a full-time lead incarnation of the role ― English actress Jo Martin played a previously unknown version of the character for a handful of episodes ― in the franchise. 59- story of the year.
His credits include the hugely popular Netflix series “Sex Education”, 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 is also set to appear in Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated film “Barbie,” which stars Margot Robbie.
In a BBC statement, Gatwa said he was “deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a bit scared” by the casting.
“This role and this show means so much to so many people around the world, myself included, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors handled this unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care,” he said. . “I will 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 helmed it for years, will also return as showrunner.
“Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and to be able to work with him is a dream come true,” Gatwa added. “His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and sparkling with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground.
“The whole team has been so welcoming and really pours their hearts into the show,” the actor continued. “And while it’s daunting, I realize that I’m joining a truly supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart, but I’m giving this show my all.
Davies told BBC News that Gatwa won the role with a “flamboyant” audition, revealing: “It was our very last. We thought we had someone, then he came and stole it.
The series isn’t expected to arrive until 2023, but fans have already taken to social media to celebrate Gatwa’s casting.