The BBC has named Ncuti Gatwa as The doctor who isFourteenth doctor. Gatwa will take over the role in 2023, replacing Jodie Whittaker in the position of the current doctor.
“This role and the show mean so much to many around the world, including me, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors with the utmost care carried that unique responsibility and privilege,” Gatwa told the BBC. “I’ll try to do the same.”
The Scottish actor has previously played Eric Effiong in the Netflix comedy series Sex educationand will also star alongside Margot Robbie in the upcoming Barbie movie. Gatwa will be the first Negro to play the Doctor, a role that has been passed on to various actors since The doctor who isHis debut in 1963.
Whittaker went down in history as the first woman to appear as a Doctor when the BBC cast her in 2017 for the role. In keeping with the tradition of the series, Whittaker will appear in the final episode that will introduce Gatwa as the fourteenth doctor. This episode is expected to premiere later this year to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the BBC.
The Doctor, the humanoid Lord of Time who can travel through space and time using TARDIS, takes a different form in near-death situations in a process called regeneration. This serves as a plot to pass the baton between the main actors and was originally introduced to smooth the transition between the actors after the First Doctor, William Hartnell, left the show.