Let's get the elephant out of the room first: A black Doctor Who. That's major, because the role has historically and forever been white. To have a black man - with an African name no less - portray a British TV classic is massive. Also it opens up the door for a black James Bond, and reminds me of how I think video games are also overdue to show some progression in this area.
Ncutl Gatwa Is the New Doctor Who
Ncutl Gatwa will be familiar to a lot of people, as he starred in the Netflix hit series Sex Education. In fact, he still is a part of that series, so we'll see if the Doctor Who casting affects that in any way. Ncutl is making quite the name for himself it seems, since he will also play a role in Margot Robbie's upcoming Barbie movie.
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. 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 endeavour my utmost to do the same. Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground. The entire team have been so welcoming and truly give their hearts to the show. And so as much as it’s daunting, I’m aware I’m joining a really supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show.
So after Jodie Whittaker having been the first female Doctor Who, Ncutl Gatwa and BBC continue to make TV history. As for Whittaker's Doctor Who - she will leave the show later this year, culminating in a trio of specials. It's expected that Ncutl Gatwa will make his debut then.