The BBC has announced that Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the star of Doctor Who. The news was made at Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards 2022 and has excited the science fiction show’s audience across the UK and beyond.
The 29-year-old Scottish actor of Rwandan origin becomes the first actor of colour to play the lead role, therefore becoming the 14th Time Lord on the popular science fiction show.
The actor, known for his starring role in Netflix sitcom Sex Education was made aware of his choice in the lead role in February and is glad that the news is finally out as it has been difficult for him to continue to keep it as a secret. “It has been tricky to try to keep it under wraps because I’ve got a big mouth”, Gatwa jokingly said after the announcement.
Russell T. Davies said that actor Gatwa is loved by the audience and want everyone to see it and sharing the love. The Doctor Who writer is not only credited for Doctor Who’s revival in 2005 but also with propelling the show into a global phenomenon.
Ncuti Gatwa is coming in the footsteps of Jodie Whittaker who announced last July that she would be leaving the role. The latter became the first woman to play the fictional protagonist role since the eleventh series and
was extremely popular on the show. He added that it is an emotional news as the science fiction show is so iconic and means a lot to so many people including himself. “This is something everyone enjoys and I am going to try my best in the leading role”.