It’s clip for a caller Doctor: Ncuti Gatwa has been formed arsenic the 14th mentation of the titular Time Lord connected the long-running British sci-fi bid “Doctor Who.”
Ending months of speculation astir who volition adjacent play 1 of the astir iconic characters successful tv history, the BBC unveiled the quality successful a press release connected Sunday, writing: “The aboriginal is here! Ncuti Gatwa is the Doctor.”
The 29-year-old prima volition regenerate histrion Jodie Whittaker, the archetypal pistillate to play the role, who revealed successful July that she would beryllium departing the show aft 3 seasons and a trio of specials, with her last installment acceptable to aerial sometime aboriginal this year.
The Scottish star, who was calved successful Rwanda, volition beryllium the archetypal Black histrion to play a main incarnation of the relation afloat clip ― English histrion Jo Martin portrayed a antecedently chartless mentation of the character for a fistful of episodes ― successful the franchise’s 59-year history.
His credits see Netflix’s massively fashionable bid “Sex Education,” for which helium won the Best Actor Award astatine the 2020 Scottish BAFTAs for his relation arsenic Eric Effiong, a cheery precocious schoolhouse pupil and champion person to bid prima Otis (Asa Butterfield). He is besides acceptable to look successful Greta Gerwig’s much-anticipated movie “Barbie,” which stars Margot Robbie.
In a statement from the BBC, Gatwa said helium is “deeply honored, beyond excited and of people a small spot scared” by the casting.
“This relation and amusement means truthful overmuch to truthful galore astir the world, including myself, and each 1 of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unsocial work and privilege with the utmost care,” helium said. “I volition endeavour my utmost to bash the same.”
“Queer arsenic Folk” and “It’s a Sin” creator Russell T Davies, who antecedently revived the bid successful 2005 and helmed it for years, volition besides beryllium returning arsenic showrunner.
“Russell T Davies is astir arsenic iconic arsenic the Doctor himself and being capable to enactment with him is simply a imagination travel true,” Gatwa added. “His penning is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground.”
“The full squad person been truthful welcoming and genuinely springiness their hearts to the show,” the histrion continued. “And truthful arsenic overmuch arsenic it’s daunting, I’m alert I’m joining a truly supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I whitethorn lone person 1 bosom but I americium giving it each to this show.”
Davies told BBC News that Gatwa won the relation with a “blazing” audition, revealing, “It was our precise past one. We thought we had someone, and past successful helium came and stole it.”
The bid isn’t acceptable to get until 2023, but fans person already taken to societal media to observe Gatwa’s casting.
Ncuti Gatwa is truthful bully connected SEX EDUCATION, a lightning rod of charm and comedic timing. A prima from the infinitesimal helium popped connected screen. He’s going to beryllium phenomenal arsenic the adjacent Doctor. #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/IiM1qjd8UC— Robert Daniels (@812filmreviews) May 8, 2022
I don’t cognize a azygous happening astir that clip travelling telephone container but for Ncuti?? I’m present invested.— Kelechi (@kelechnekoff) May 8, 2022