After months of speculation and fairly baseless rumors, the BBC has announced Jodie Whittaker’s replacement on the long-running science-fiction institution Doctor Who. It’s an interesting choice who you might not be too familiar with.
The future is here! Ncuti Gatwa is the Doctor. ❤️❤️➕🟦 #DoctorWho
— Doctor Who (@bbcdoctorwho) May 8, 2022
Ncuti Gatwa, for those who don’t recognize the name, is best known for his role as Eric on Netflix’s Sex Education, a part he’s won several awards for (including a BAFTA).
I get the impression this isn’t how the BBC wanted to make the announcement, as there were rumors word would come next week and BBC’s tweet came after Gatwa made an Instagram post featuring two hearts and a blue box (which returning showrunner Russel T. Davies replied to with “The future is here”).
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Davies had this to say about the 29 year old actor:
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. Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds. It’s an honour to work with him, and a hoot, I can’t wait to get started.
Other actors rumored for part included David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Hugh Grant, James Corden, Jessica Hynes and most of the cast of RTD’s It’s A Sin.