Doctor Who: Russell T Davies Explains Why Ncuti Gatwa is Perfect as the Time Lord

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In case you missed it, Doctor Who has finally cast the Fourteenth Doctor and it is none other than Ncuti Gatwa. The Sex Education star will be taking over as the Time Lord after Jodie Whittaker's departure, and Russell T. Davies is thrilled to work with the latest incarnation of the Doctor. The showrunner has just explained why Gatwa was perfect for the coveted role!

Russell T. Davies has been confirmed to take over as showrunner after Chris Chibnall leaves the series and it looks like Davies is already excited to work with the new Doctor. In a new post on the Doctor Who website, Davies gushed about Ncuti Gatwa stunning audition for the role.

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"The future is here and it’s Ncuti! 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," Davies said. "Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds. It’s an honour to work with him, and a hoot, I can’t wait to get started."

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Davies also assured fans that they will be getting new details about the Fourteenth Doctor soon and also hyped up the regeneration scene with Jodie Whittaker.

"I’m sure you’re dying to know more, but we’re rationing ourselves for now, with the wonderful Jodie’s epic finale yet to come. But I promise you, 2023 will be spectacular!" Davies said.

Gatwa himself also admitted to being overwhelmed when the news finally dropped. "It's been emotional," Gatwa said on the red carpet at this year's BAFTAS. "I was just saying, I woke up crying, and then I started dancing… I'm glad that it's finally out and I don't have to keep it a secret anymore because I'm terrible at that."

Gatwa is the first black actor to play the primary protagonist in Doctor Who. However, he is hardly the first black doctor in the long-running series. Jo Martin had previously played the Fugitive Doctor in the episode Fugitive of the Judoon in Doctor Who Season 12.

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