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Actor Ncuti Gatwa will play the role of The Doctor on the show. doctor who, announced the BBC on Sunday, in a historic casting selection that marks the first time a black person has been chosen to star in the show’s central role on a full-time basis.
Gatwa, 29, best known for his work on the Netflix series Sex educationhe is also among the youngest Doctors to date.
“There are no words to describe how I feel. A mix of deeply honored, beyond excited and of course a little scared,” Gatwa said in a press release. “Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart, but I’m giving it my all to this show.”
Gatwa was born in Rwanda and grew up in Scotland. He began his professional acting career eight years ago after graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Scotland, one of the best performing arts schools in the world.
In the warm Netflix series Sex educationGatwa plays the vibrant Eric Effiong, a gay high school student.
As a gay black teenager who is best friends with the show’s main character, Eric’s role could have been a trap of cliches as the “gay sidekick” or “black best friend” for a straight white male lead.
Instead, Gatwa’s Eric stands out from the cast with a fully realized personality and inner life. The actor has twice been nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance at the British Film and Television Awards.
He becomes the 14th actor to be cast in the iconic role, following the departure of Jodie Whittaker, who was the first woman to play the part when she was cast in 2017.
In 2020, a variation of the Doctor role was played by a black person for the first time when Jo Martin was cast as the fugitive Doctor.
the new season of doctor who It’s also marked by the return of showrunner Russell T Davies, who helped revive the show in 2005 after a 15-year hiatus. Davies stepped away from the showrunner role in 2009.
“Sometimes talent walks in the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant that I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars,” Davies said. “Ncuti dazzled us, seized the Doctor and had the keys to the TARDIS in seconds.”