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Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa Is the New Doctor Who

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Ncuti Gatwa, breakout star of Netflix’s Sex Education, has been chosen to play the next Doctor Who, replacing Jodie Whittaker, the BBC announced on Sunday. The 29-year-old Gatwa is the first Black actor to play the iconic role. “There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited, and of course a little bit scared,” Gatwa said in a statement. “This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will endeavor my upmost to do the same.” Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies noted in the press release, “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. Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds.” Whittaker, the first woman to play Doctor Who, announced her departure from the series last July, and no date has been set yet for her final episode.

Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa Is the New Doctor Who