New Doctor Who Revealed: Star Ncuti Gatwa Will Replace Jodie Whittaker in “Sex Education”

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The new Doctor Who has been unveiled, and it’s “Sex Education” star Nakuti Gatawa.

Gatwa takes over from Jodie Whitaker, who has held the coveted role since 2017. The actor’s departure was revealed in July 2021 and has since led to widespread speculation about who will replace him, including “It’s a Sin” star Ollie Alexander. And Lydia West, and even Michaela Koel.

The BBC confirmed Gatwa’s casting on Sunday afternoon local time, hours before the taping of the BAFTA TV Awards, suggesting that there may have been some reference to “Doctor Who” during the ceremony. According to the expected guest list provided by the BAFTAs last week, Gatwa is expected to attend.

 

The 29-year-old Scottish actor was born in Rwanda and made his debut in the Netflix comedy “Sex Education”, where he played Eric Efiong, the best friend of Asa Butterfield’s Otis. He is the second black actor to play a doctor after Joe Martin, who played Ruth Clayton, “runaway doctor” in the 2020 episode.

In a statement, Gatwa told the BBC he was “deeply honored, beyond excited and certainly a little scared.”

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Gatwa said, “This role and the show means so much to so many people around the world, including me, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care.” ” “I will do my best to do so.”

Fans began speculating Sunday that “Doctor Who” news was imminent after a cryptic equation of two hearts, a plus sign and a blue square popped up on Gatwa’s Instagram page and showrunner Russell T. Davis, who takes over from Chris Chibnall for the next season.

Davis commented “the future is here” under Gatwa’s post.

The “It’s a Sin” and “Queer as Folk” writer told the BBC that Gatwa “dazzled” the creative team at their auditions.

“Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars,” Davis said.

Production on the new season of “Doctor Who” will begin later this year.

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