It’s been announced that actor Ncuti Gatwa will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the star of Doctor Who – the iconic science-fiction television series from the UK.
Gatwa will become the 14th Time Lord – the central character of the series, who regenerates between lifetimes.
Gatwa was born in Rwanda and grew up in Scotland. He’s best-known for starring in Netflix’s sitcom Sex Education.
Speaking about the role, following its announcement, Gatwa said he was “deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared” by his new role.
“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.”
Gatwa will make his debut as the Time Lord in 2023.
Showrunner Russell T Davies said Gatwa “dazzled us” in his audition.
“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…” said Davies, speaking about the casting process.
Davies – writer of hit series such as Queer As Folk and It’s A Sin – is returning as the programme’s showrunner after departing the show in 2009.
Gatwa added that the prospect of working with Davies was “a dream come true”.
“His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger – an actor’s metaphorical playground…” said Gatwa, speaking about Davies. “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.”