Ncuti Gatwa says 'it's an honour' to take on the role of Doctor Who

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  • Ncuti Gatwa says it was tricky to keep his casting as the new Doctor under wraps.
  • The Sex Education star is the first Black actor to play the popular character Doctor Who.
  • He will be the 14th incarnation of the Time Lord.


On Sunday, the BBC announced that British actor Ncuti Gatwa best known for his role in the Netflix series Sex Education would be the first Black actor to play Doctor Who. He will be the 14th incarnation of the Time Lord from 2023.

The Rwandan-born Scottish actor takes over from Jodie Whittaker, who was the first woman to play the character. She announced she was leaving the role in July 2021.

While the world only found out yesterday, the 29-year-old knew about it since February and shared that it was hard to keep it a secret.

In an interview with the BBC at the British Academy Television Awards ceremony, Gatwa said: "It's been tricky trying keep this under wraps, because I've got a very big mouth.

"It feels amazing; it feels really amazing. It's a true honour, this role is an institution, and is so iconic, and it means a lot to so many people, including myself, and so it means everyone feels seen as well, so that everyone can enjoy it. So, I feel very grateful to have had the baton handed over, and I'm going to try to do my best."

The adventures of the doctor - a time travelling, humanoid alien who traverses the universe - have maintained a loyal following since they were first aired in 1963, reports AFP.

Screenwriter and TV producer Russell T Davies returns as showrunner of Doctor Who in 2023, which marks the show's sixtieth anniversary. Davies revived the science fiction show in 2005 and stepped down as executive producer in 2008.

On what made them choose Gatwa, the 59-year-old said: "It was the most blazing audition."

He added: "It was our last audition. It was our very last one. We thought we had someone, and then in he came and stole it."

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