Ncuti Gatwa, the star of Sex Education takes over Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who. Ncuti Gatwa will be appearing as the 14th Doctor, the Time Lord. Last July Whittaker stated she would be leaving the role.
The Radwan-Scottish actor, who starred as Eric Effiong in the very popular Netflix series of sex education about socially awkward high school student Otis (Asa Butterfield) and his sex therapist’s mother Jean (Gillian Anderson), will now be appearing as the first person of color to play the role of the Time Lord full time.
Ncuti Gatwa regarding his role as ‘Doctor Who
“There are no words to describe how I feel. A mix of deeply honored, more than thrilled, and, of course, a little scared. This role and series mean so much to so many people around the world, including me, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will do my best to do the same”, admitted the 29-year-old.
“Russell T. Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and to be able to work with him is a dream come true”, exclaimed Gatwa. “His scripts are dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent, and full of danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground.
The whole team has been very welcoming and really put their hearts into the development of the series. And as challenging as it is, I’m aware that I’m joining a really supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart, but I’m going to give it all to this series.”
Will he be able to do justice to the role of ‘Doctor Who?
Charlotte Moore, the chief content officer of BBC stated, “Ncuti Gatwa has an incredible dynamism, he’s a striking and fearless young actor whose talent and energy will set the world alight and take Doctor Who on extraordinary adventures under Russell T Davies’ new era.”
Sex Education co-star Aimee Lou Wood, shared her thoughts on the Baftas red carpet, “Obviously it’s just the best news in the world ever and he deserves it more than anyone.”
The starrer of ‘It’s A Sin’, Olly Alexander recently wrote on Twitter that it was “amazing” news.
Additionally, the author of ‘Doctor Who and podcaster Juno Dawson said it was “perfect, perfect casting”.