Ncuti Gatwa is the Fourteenth Doctor
After lots of speculation, the BBC has announced the next Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa! The star of stage and screen will be the next individual to take charge of the TARDIS.
Gatwa is an award winning actor having won the Best Actor Award at the Scottish BAFTA in 2020 for his role as Eric Effiong in Sex Education. The Scottish actor is set to be a part of the Barbie film starring Margot Robbie and featuring an all-star cast.
Ncuti said in the announcement:
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 utmost 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.
Ncuti is the first Black man to take on the role which he’ll regenerate into in 2023 replacing Jodie Whittaker.
Doctor Who focuses on the Doctor, a humanoid Time Lord who is able to travel through space and time. The character regenerates after near-death situations allowing for different actors to take on the iconic role. Whittaker was the first woman in the role. Jo Martin played the “Fugitive Doctor”, the first non-white actor to do so. That version of the character debuted in 2020 in “Fugitive of the Judoon”.