Ncuti Gatwa, 29, best known for his wonderfully effervescent portrayal as Eric Effiong in Netflix’s blockbuster comedy “Sex Education,” has been appointed as the Fourteenth Doctor, succeeding current “Doctor Who” actress Jodie Whittaker, who will hand over the baton with her final episode in 2022.
We also learned that Russell T Davies is returning as showrunner. He was the chief writer and executive producer for the first four seasons of Doctor Who, which starred Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.
Gatwa will make his first appearance as a Time Lord in 2023 and he will be the first Black actor to play the Doctor in a major role, although Jo Martin broke the pattern in 2020 when she appeared as the Fugitive Doctor, an incarnation that predates even the First Doctor.
Gatwa claimed the job of the Doctor “means a lot to so many people, including myself,” on the red carpet ahead of Sunday’s Bafta TV Awards, where he is nominated for Sex Education.
He added, “I feel very grateful to have had the beaton handed over and I’m going to try to do my best.”