UNITED STATES: Ncuti Gatwa, star of Netflix’s “Sex Education,” will play the new Doctor in the long-running BBC series “Doctor Who.”
Gatwa will replace Jodie Whittaker as Timelord, according to BBC News, and will be the first Black actor to play the legendary character.
Gatwa, a Rwandan-born Scottish actor, said he is “truly honored, beyond excited,” and “a little bit afraid” to be part of the show.
“This position and show mean so much to so many people worldwide, including myself, and each of my very skilled predecessors has handled it with the utmost care. I will make every effort to do the same,” said the 29-year-old.
Gatwa “dazzled us” at his audition for the 14th Doctor, according to showrunner Russell T Davies.
“Sometimes brilliance walks through the door, and it’s so bright, brazen, and amazing, I simply step back in awe and thank my lucky stars,” said Davies, who left the series in 2009 and is returning as showrunner.
Gatwa will make his Time Lord debut in 2023, and Whittaker will leave the show in a special episode airing later this year.
Whittaker, who has been in shows including “Broadchurch” and “Black Mirror” as well as the film “Venus,” became the first female Doctor Who in 2017.