Speaking about his new role, Gatwa says, “I don’t really have the words to describe how I feel. A mixture of the deeply honored, more than excited and of course a little scared. This role and show means 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. I will do my best to do the same.
“Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and the opportunity to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and full of danger. Acting metaphorical playground.
“The whole team was so welcome and really gave their hearts to the show. And as scary as it is, I am aware that I am joining a family that really supports me. Unlike the Doctor, I may have only one heart, but I give it my all. ”
Back showrunner Russell T Davies adds, “The future is here and it’s Ncuti! Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright, brave and brilliant, that I just stand in fear and thank my lucky stars. Ncuti blinded us, grabbed the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in a second. I’m honored to work with him, and eh, I can’t wait to get started. I’m sure you’re dying to know more, but we’re rationing for now, and Jodie’s wonderful epic finale is yet to come. But I promise you, 2023 will be spectacular! ”
BBC content presenter Charlotte Moore says: “Ncuti has incredible dynamism, he is a striking and fearless young actor whose talent and energy will ignite the world and take Dr. Who on extraordinary adventures in the new era of Russell T Davies.”