The BBC announced Ncuti Gatwa takes over the lead role from Jodie Whittaker on “Doctor Who” after her final episode airs later this year. “Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I stand in awe and thank my lucky stars,” showrunner Russell T. Davies said about Ncuti playing the regenerating Time Lord. “Ncuti blinded us, grabbed the doctor and had those TARDIS keys in seconds.”
Read all about the actor who will play Doctor Who in the quintessential British sci-fi show below.
1. Where does Ncuti come from?
Ncuti, pronounced ‘SHOO-tee’, was born on October 15, 1992 in Rwanda and grew up in Scotland. In 2013, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
1. He is the first black protagonist in the ‘Doctor Who’ franchise
Ncuti will be the first black actor to lead the British sci-fi show, but he’s technically not the first non-white person to play the Doctor. During Jodie’s run on the show, Jo Martin played “Fugitive Doctor” in several episodes. Jodie, who became the first woman to play the Time Lord, took over from… Peter Capaldic† Since the program came back on the air in 2005, the alien character has also been played by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith†
1. Ncuti is “a little scared” to take on the iconic role
In a statement posted to the official Dr Who website, Ncuti shared a statement about the big news. “There aren’t really the words to describe how I feel. A mix of deeply honoured, more than excited and of course a little scared. This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will do my very best to do the same.”
1. He’s Best Known For “Sex Education”
Ncuti is currently starring in Netflix’s highly rated high school drama Sex education† The star played the likeable Eric Effiong, who is openly gay but comes from a very religious family, and was awarded the Best Actor award at the Scottish BAFTAs in 2020, as well as a nomination for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Show at the BAFTAs of this year.
1. Ncuti walks on ‘Doctor Who’ coincides with the return of a beloved showrunner
Showrunner Russell T. Davies, who restarted the franchise in 2005, returns to take it over again. The writer and producer ran the reboot until 2009. “Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true,” Ncuti said.