Doctor Who fans rejoice as BBC releases the first look at Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor. The photo set was uploaded on the official Twitter account of BBC’s Doctor Who, featuring Ncuti Gatwa alongside his companion Ruby Sunday portrayed by Millie Gibson.
There is no official confirmation on when Gatwa and Gibson will debut on the show. It was announced before that the Sex Education actor would portray the Fourteenth Doctor, but later on revealed that David Tennant would take on the role. Tennant played the Tenth Doctor between 2005 and 2010, one of the longest-playing Doctors in the series.
Ncuti Gatwa As The Fifteenth Doctor In BBC’s Doctor Who
Gatwa stuns in the latest image released by BBC wearing an orange top and patterned coat. Gibson shines in her denim jacket and navy-blue shorts. Check out the photo set below:
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“There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honored, 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 endeavor my upmost to do the same.”
Ncuti Gatwa will be the first Black actor to play the iconic role. Prior to that, he will reprise his character as Eric Effiong in Sex Education Season 4.
More Surprises In Store For Doctor Who Fans
Showrunner Russell T. Davies assured fans that there will be more surprises coming their way. He told Variety:
“If you thought the appearance of David Tennant was a shock, we’ve got plenty more surprises on the way. The path to Ncuti’s 15th Doctor is laden with mystery, horror, robots, puppets, danger, and fun. We’re giving you a year to speculate, and then all hell lets loose.”
Indeed, Tennant’s return to the franchise was met with positive reactions from fans. He will be joined by his co-star Catherine Tate as his companion Donna Noble.
In an earlier interview, Tennant felt a bit hesitant about returning to the show after more than a decade. He shared in the British talk show The Morning with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby:
“It was a very happy, joyous time 15 years ago. And returning to that could’ve been… well, who knows? It might’ve felt awkward, it might’ve felt difficult, I might not have been able to run as fast.”
The Doctor Who special series with David Tennant will air on November 2023 with three episodes.