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BBC announces Ncuti Gatwa as the new Doctor Who

Ncuti Gatwa Is The New Doctor Who
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We now know who will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the next Doctor Who as the BBC announces Ncuti Gatwa as the next leading star of the show. 

Gatwa, who is best known for playing Eric in Netflix's "Sex Education," will be the first actor of color to play the iconic role. Whovians all over the world will be hoping the 29-year-old can bring similar success to the role when he becomes the 14th Doctor, especially with Russel T Davis being back at the helm as the showrunner. 

The Rwandan-born Scottish actor will take over from Jodie Whittaker, who is the first woman to take on the role, after her final appearance which will come in the finale of a trio of specials, which will air in the Autumn of this year. 

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If you're wondering where you can watch or stream Doctor Who then you should check out our Doctor Who streaming guide and if you're a true Whovian and you want more Timelord tales then take a look at our round-up of the best Doctor Who audio dramas.

Gatwa has already received three Bafta nominations for best male performance and has won a Scottish Bafta and a Rose d'Or for his performances in Sex Education. He also comes with a huge social media following, has lots of fans and is a popular actor with young adults in particular so he has the potential to be a successful appointment as the Timelord with two hearts and bring a new following to the show as well.

There's no hiding that the BBC has picked a young and talented actor who will bring a lot of energy to the role. Combining that with Russel T Davis' vision as the showrunner for Doctor Who, the long-running sci-fi show could see new popularity levels among viewers that it hasn't seen for years now. 

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STAFF WRITER, E-commerce — Alex joined Space.com in June 2021 as staff writer covering space news, games, tech, toys and deals. Based in London, U.K. Graduating in June 2020, Alex studied Sports Journalism in the North East of England at Sunderland University. During his studies and since his graduation, Alex has been featured in local newspapers and online publications covering a range of sports from university rugby to Premier League soccer. In addition to a background in sports and journalism, Alex has a life-long love of Star Wars which started with watching the prequel trilogy and collecting toy lightsabers, he also grew up spending most Saturday evenings watching Doctor Who. 


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