The British Sci-Fi institution of Doctor Who has made the headlines yet again as the newest actor to portray the titular time traveller was finally revealed to be none other than Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa. The Rwandan born Scottish actor was unveiled by the BBC officially in the afternoon of the 8th of May and is now the joint second youngest actor to play the Doctor with only Matt Smith beating him, who was 26 when cast.
I decided to talk to long term Doctor Who fan, Tom Lednor, to find out what he thought of Ncuti Gatwa’s casting. The boyhood Whovian explained how Ncuti’s performance in Sex Education has influenced his opinion on the news, saying: “I’ve only seen Ncuti Gatwa in one thing and that’s Sex Education and he was amazing in it”. He went onto say that due to the nature of his performance in Sex Education its hard to imagine him as the doctor with the quote: “I think at the moment it’s hard to see him out of it because that is the only thing I’ve seen him in”.
Despite this he reassured me he’s still very excited about Ncuti and the future of the show in general with returning showrunner, Russel T Davies at the helm. Fans like Tom will still have to wait a while for Ncuti Gatwa to appear in the show, with the new era set to revolve around next years 60th anniversary for the show. Overall, its an exciting time for Doctor Who fans.