The BBC has announced the new 14th Doctor Who with Ncuti Gatwa.
The Scottish actor born in Rwanda is known for playing the gay character Eric Effiongin in Netflix’s Sex Education.
Ncuti Gatwa takes over for Jodie Whittaker who departs the show in the Fall, with showrunner Chris Chibnall also leaving.
Russell T Davies returns as showrunner with Ncuti Gatwa as the new 14th Timelord for the Doctor Who 60th anniversary.
Ncuti Gatwa is the 14th Timelord
Ncuti 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.”
He continued, “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.”
Davies said: “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.”
Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer, 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.”