- Doctor Who first aired on BBC in 1963
- The role has been played by only British men up until this point
- The new "Dr. Who" makes history!
Welcome to the franchise, Ncuti Gatwa! The actor, who until this point has been widely known for his role in the Netflix coming of age series Sex Education, has landed himself a role of a lifetime!
Nucti Gatwa celebrates his big win
What a big role to land for this emerging celebrity! Ncuti Gatwa will be the first Black man to play the iconic role. The Rwandan-Scottish actor, who's only 29, revealed that he's been keeping this a secret since February, and it's a huge relief to be able to share his excitement.
He revealed the news as he was practically skipping on the BAFTA red carpet earlier this week. He told BBC News, "It feels really amazing, it’s a true honour."
He continued, noting that this role isn't just any other role, but one of a huge franchise with many devoted fans. The pressure is on!
"This role is an institution," he said of the famous Doctor. "It’s so iconic and it means a lot to so many people, including myself, and so it makes everyone feel seen as well. It’s something that everyone can enjoy, so I feel very grateful to have had the baton handed over and I’m going to try to do my best."
Gatwa also released a statement to BBC, noting that while he's "excited and a little bit scared", being the first Black Doctor is major.
"Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart, but I am giving it all to this show," he said.
The show has aired 39 series over the nearly 60 years it's been on the air, and having Gatwa as the new Doctor is for sure a more accurate representation of the diversity England, and in turn, the world has to show.
Congratulations to Ncuti Gatwa!