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Twitter Responds to the Selection of Ncuti Gatwa As the New Doctor on 'Doctor Who'

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 9, 2022 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 9, 2022 |


Most of you know this already by know, but we were out yesterday, and we want to get this up for posterity, because it is awesome: Ncuti Gatwa, best known for playing Eric Effiong in three seasons of Sex Education, has been selected by Russell T. Davies to be the next Doctor on Doctor Who. Gatwa is a surprising choice — he was not among any of those rumored for the part after Jodie Whittaker announced her departure — but he’s also perfect.

Gatwa will be the 14th actor to play the Doctor and the first Black man in the role. He’s also the first African-born Doctor — he was born in Rwanda, and he and his family fled in 1994 to Scotland at the beginning of the genocide. The 29-year-old has been keeping it a secret since February.

Twitter has been ecstatic, including Gillian Anderson, Gatwa’s Sex Education co-star:

And Simu Liu, his co-star on the currently filming Barbie movie with Margot Robbie and another Sex Education star, Emma Mackey:

Others who aren’t as famous have also weighed in:

There was also the usual smattering of racist naysayers, but we can safely ignore them.

Ncuti Gatwa and Russell T. Davies are going to be a potent combination.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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