“Unlike the Doctor, I only have one heart, but I offer it entirely to this series”
Big news in the world of Doctor Who : Ncuti Gatwa will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the iconic Doctor, for her fourteenth incarnation. The 29-year-old British-Rwandan will be the first black actor to take on the role full-time (Jo Martin played the character in 2020, but only for three episodes). We were able to discover it in the Netflix series Sex Education, where he plays Eric Effiong. His arrival next season will coincide with the return of Russell T Davies at the helm of the series, he who initiated the reboot of Doctor Who in 2005. ” There are no words to describe what I feel “says Ncuti Gatwa in a press release. ” I am deeply honoured, beyond excited and obviously a little scared. The role and the show mean so much to so many people around the world, including myself, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors handled this unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. In the same way, I will try to give the maximum… Unlike the Doctor, I only have one heart, but I offer it entirely to this series. »
For his part, the showrunner Russell T Davies assures: “ The future is here and it’s Ncuti! Sometimes talent falls on you and it’s so bright and daring that I can only take a step back, admire it, and thank my lucky stars. We were dazzled by Ncuti, who grabbed the Doctor and took possession of the TARDIS keys in seconds… (…) I promise you that 2023 will be spectacular! “.
Jodie Whittaker will play the Doctor one last time this year, before handing over to Ncuti Gatwa. The next regeneration promises to be intense!