It’s true, Ncuti Gatwa is your new Doctor Who! The 29-year-old actor was formally forged because the Fourteenth Doctor within the immortal sci-fi collection over the weekend, and he’s instantly gained over the Whovian fandom. What’s extra, the celebrities of Who previous — together with former Time Lords Matt Smith and Sylvester McCoy — have additionally praised his hiring in addition to wishing him the very best for the longer term.
The newest to react to the thrilling information is present companion Mandip Gill. Gill, who has performed Yaz Khan since 2018, can be exiting the TARDIS together with Jodie Whittaker later this yr. Though you may anticipate her to stay loyal to her Doctor, the star has revealed she thinks Gatwa may very well be precisely what the present wants to provide it a bolt of recent vitality.
The actress advised Digital Spy that she finds the Sex Education alum’s casting as Doctor No. 14 “so exciting” as he was such a left-field alternative for the half. Although Gill admitted that she has not seen a lot of his work, she believes he’s the “perfect person” to succeed Whittaker as he’s already confirmed that touchdown the gig means the world (and even all of time and area) to him. She defined:
“He also seems really excited about doing it and I’ve always found when people come into the show, those that are fans of the show or are so excited to be there and want to hold the sonic [screwdriver] up, it’s always just really refreshing and it’s exactly what that show needs.”
As revealed by incoming (and returning) showrunner Russell T. Davies, Gatwa was apparently one of many final actors to audition for the position and immediately blew the group away, despite the fact that Davies already had a unique favourite lined up. Gatwa’s casting is a little bit of a serious milestone for Doctor Who as he’s each the primary Black male actor to play the Doctor and likewise the primary to be overtly homosexual. Davies has harassed, nonetheless, that his hiring wasn’t about “diversity and representation” and it was merely a case of “the best actor walked into the room.”
Gill will return reverse Whittaker and John Bishop for the Thirteenth Doctor’s closing episode, airing someday this fall. Gatwa’s tenure then begins in 2023, Doctor Who‘s sixtieth anniversary yr.