Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa announced as new Doctor Who

The 29-year-old will replace Jodie Whittaker, who made history as the first female Doctor.
Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa announced as new Doctor Who

By Kerri-Ann Roper, PA Entertainment Editor

Ncuti Gatwa will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the Time Lord in Doctor Who, the BBC has announced.

The 29-year-old will become the 14th Doctor on the popular BBC show, after Whittaker announced last July she will be leaving the role.

Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, starred as Eric Effiong in Netflix’s hugely popular Sex Education about socially awkward high school student Otis (Asa Butterfield) and his sex therapist mother Jean (Gillian Anderson).

Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn, Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong in Episode 7 of Sex Education Season 3. Cr. Sam Taylor/NETFLIX © 2020

Whittaker took over the Tardis in 2017 as the first female Doctor.

Queer As Folk and It’s A Sin writer Russell T Davies is returning as the programme’s showrunner after departing the show in 2009.

Davies, who was responsible for Doctor Who’s revival in 2005, will be back to celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary in 2023, the BBC previously said.

The announcement was teased by Davies and Gatwa on Instagram, with a post featuring two heart emojis, a plus symbol and a blue square.

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