Ncuti Gatwa has been announced as the next Doctor Who. The BBC announced the casting of the Sex Education star as the next face of time-travelling hero the Doctor just today in a tweet on the official Doctor Who Twitter account.
The future is here! Ncuti Gatwa is the Doctor. ❤️❤️➕🟦 #DoctorWho
— Doctor Who (@bbcdoctorwho) May 8, 2022
Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, starred as Eric Effiong in Netflix’s popular Sex Education about socially awkward high school student Otis (Asa Butterfield) and his sex therapist mother Jean (Gillian Anderson). Speaking of his new role, 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. I will endeavour my upmost to do the same.
Author and Doctor Who’s Rosa script-writer Malorie Blackman replied:
“Woot! How much do I LOVE this. Let me count the ways! This is going to be AMAZING!”
Queer As Folk creator and Gatwa original Doctor Who reboot showrunner Russell T Davies is returning to helm the new show after the previous showrunner Chris Chibnal decided to end his time with Doctor Who at the same time as outgoing Doctor Jodie Whitakker.
Gatwa went on to say in a statement:
“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.”
You hope this is based on merit and isn’t stunt casting by the ever-so-2022 BBC, whose decision to gender-swap the Doctor last regeneration around was met with a resounding shrug and fans switching off. Gatwa becomes the first black actor to play the role and potentially the first gay Doctor.
Gatwa plays a flamboyantly gay character on Sex Education but has never publically discussed his own sexuality.