Rwanda born, Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa is set to star as the Time Lord on BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’ in 2023 making him the first black person to do so.
Gatwa is succeeding Jodie Whittaker, making him the 14th Doctor on the popular fiction show. The actor who is known for his role in Netflix’s sitcom ‘Sex Education’ where he starred as Eric Effiong revealed that he is honored to be taking up the 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 utmost to do the same,” he said.
The 29-year-old spoke on the red carpet for the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA’s) where he was nominated for Best Male Performer for his role in ‘Sex Education’ for the third year in a row. He also presented the BAFTA for best scripted comedy
Russel T. Davies, who announced Gatwa as the next ‘Doctor Who’ star revealed that he is excited to work with the actor and added that he dazzled them during the auditions.
“The future is here and it’s Ncuti! 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. It’s an honour to work with him, and a hoot, I can’t wait to get started. I’m sure you’re dying to know more, but we’re rationing ourselves for now, with the wonderful Jodie’s epic finale yet to come. But I promise you, 2023 will be spectacular!” said Davies.