‘Doctor Who’ taps Ncuti Gatwa to take over iconic title character

The BBC has asked Ncuti Gatwa to make the world a little more sonic with them, tapping Gatwa to be the first Black lead in the “Doctor Who” franchise.

Gatwa, 29, will take over the role from Jodie Whitaker to become the 14th Doctor, the BBC announced on Sunday. In a statement published on the show’s website, Gatwa said he was “deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared.”
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“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,” he said.

He joins the ranks of actors such as Tom Baker, David Tennant and Matt Smith who all traveled space and time in the beloved sci-fi television series.

“Doctor Who” first aired on the BBC in 1963 and went on for about 26 years. But the program was reincarnated in 2005, with Christopher Eccleston as the leading man.

The show’s longevity is in part due to its seamless ability to recast its main character, a Time Lord who is able to regenerate after extreme trauma. Regeneration means that The Doctor is able to take on a new face, body, and personality with a recasting.

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