Netflix Star Ncuti Gatwa Boarding TARDIS as New “Doctor Who”

Ncuti Gatwa at the 27th Critics' Choice Awards
Ncuti Gatwa at the 27th Critics' Choice Awards. Photo by Matt Baron/Shutterstock (12848321aq)

After winning us over with his role in the Netflix series Sex Education, Ncuti Gatwa is gearing up for an even bigger challenge. He’ll soon board the TARDIS as the fourteenth Doctor Who, becoming the first black actor to take over this iconic role.

Gatwa is taking reigns from Jodie Whittaker, who became the first female Time Lord in 2017. She announced her departure in 2021 and is set to make her final appearance in the last in a trio of specials, which is expected to air on BBC this October.

She’ll be replaced by Gatwa, who said he’s “honored, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared” to play the Doctor and join forces with Russell T Davies, who’s returning as the showrunner.

“Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground,” said Gatwa.

Gatwa is best known for his role in Sex Education, for which he received three nominations for the BAFTA Television Awards. We’ll next get to see him in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in lead roles.