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New Doctor Who Announced: Ncuti Gatwa

Ncuti Gatwa

After months of speculation, Jodie Whittaker's replacement as Doctor Who has been announced - Ncuti Gatwa!

The 29-year-old will become the 14th Time Lord on the popular science fiction show, and the first person of colour to play the lead role. Now I know what some of you are thinking. What about Jo Martin? But as she isn't one of the 14 and more importantly, not in a lead role, she sadly doesn't count like that.

Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, is best known for starring in Netflix's sitcom Sex Education where he's won Bafta awards. He's a brilliant young actor who will bring something great to the role. And Sex Education fans don't need to worry about his role in the show, as he's been confirmed for the fourth series.

"There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared. 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 upmost to do the same.

"Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground. The entire team have been so welcoming and truly give their hearts to the show. And so as much as it’s daunting, I’m aware I’m joining a really supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show."

The new Doctor will take over the central role in the long-running BBC sci-fi series alongside former showrunner Russell T Davies. Davis was in charge of the show from 2005 to 2010 and now takes the helm again ahead of Who’s 60th-anniversary celebrations in 2023.

Now we just have to wait to see what his outfit will look like. I can't wait!

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