It’s official – we have our new Doctor! Ncuti Gatwa has been named as Jodie Whittaker’s replacement in Doctor Who. He’ll be taking on the iconic role in 2023 under Russell T Davies’ watchful eye when he returns to Doctor Who as showrunner. Davies initially helmed the show’s revival from 2005 until 2009.
29-year-old Gatwa is best known for playing Eric Effiong in Sex Education and also has an upcoming role in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie film. Speaking about landing the part, he opened up to BBC News (opens in new tab), explaining he’s had to keep the secret since February. The actor said: “It feels really amazing. It’s a true honor. This role is an institution and it’s so iconic.”
Adding what he was most excited about, Gatwa admitted he cannot wait to “battle aliens”. He continued: “The job is gonna be – and is already – really creatively fulfilling, so I’m just excited to take on the role.”
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Reactions have been pouring in following the announcement, with plenty of Doctor Who alumni congratulating the star. Georgia Tennant, who played the Doctor’s daughter Jenny on the show, simply tweeted (opens in new tab): “Hello Dad.” While Amy Pond star Karen Gillan (opens in new tab) shared her excitement on Twitter, writing: “We have a new doctor!!!!!”
Former Doctor Matt Smith shared his thoughts at the Paris Fan Festival (opens in new tab). He said: “I think he’s going to be brilliant, I think he’s going to be truly brilliant. I think it’s an inspired piece of casting, and along with Russell, who’s such a great leader of that show.” While the Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy tweeted (opens in new tab): “Welcome Ncuti, and especially delighted to welcome another Scot!”
Gatwa’s Sex Education co-stars also shared their excitement, congratulating the actor. Maeve star Emma Mackey wrote (opens in new tab) “My Doctor” while Otis actor Asa Butterfield penned (opens in new tab): “Incredible, the most deserving man out there. Wowowowowow!!”
Whittaker will be making her final appearance as the 13th Doctor in the special centenary episode in Autumn 2022. Not much has been revealed about her final send-off yet, aside from a brief teaser from the show (opens in new tab). This sees the Master telling her, “this is the day you die” in a chilling clip.
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