Gatwa is the first Black person to take over the BBC’s decades-long position of The Doctor. He is most recognised for his part in Netflix’s “Sex Education.”
Ncuti Gatwa has been tapped by the BBC to make the world a little more sonic, as the first Black lead in the “Doctor Who” franchise.
The BBC revealed on Sunday that Gatwa, 29, will take up the role of the 14th Doctor from Jodie Whitaker. Gatwa said he was “truly honoured, beyond excited, and of course a little bit afraid” in a statement on the show’s website.
“This role and show represent so much to so many people throughout the world, including myself,” he remarked.
He joins stars like Tom Baker, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, who have all travelled through space and time in the popular science fiction television series.
The BBC’s “Doctor Who” initially aired in 1963 and ran for 26 years. However, the show was revived in 2005, with Christopher Eccleston as the lead actor.
The show’s endurance can be attributed in part to its seamless ability to recast its main character, a Time Lord who can regenerate after suffering great damage. With a recasting, The Doctor can take on a new face, physique, and personality.