Doctor Who is back for another season. This time, there is a new doctor and just like last time, it is groundbreaking for the series. So, who is taking over the hit role?
The History Of Doctor Who
The Doctor has been in the house since the sixties. Originated in 1963, the sci-fi character was initially portrayed by William Hartnell. In its first run, seven actors would go on to play the role in the BBC series. It ultimately culminated with a television movie and an eighth actor played by Paul McGann. The show was revived in 2005 and a ninth actor who was quickly replaced by a tenth played by David Tennant. He maintained the role until 2010. For three years, Matt Smith played the Doctor until Peter Capaldi took over as the twelfth doctor. Then, a major casting change took place in 2017 that shook the show’s universe.
Jodie Whittaker was announced as the series’ first female Doctor. It was a gamechanger for the series which had only cast twelve male doctors. She helmed the role until 2021 when she announced her departure from the show. According to Variety, there had been rumors about who would replace Jodie in the end. Names that floated were Olly Alexander, Micaela Coel, and Lydia, West. Now, the official confirmation of the fourteenth actor has been announced. It is most definitely exciting however not a woman.
Meet The New Doctor Who
The fourteenth doctor will be played by Ncuti Gatwa. His casting is huge for the franchise as he is the first African-American to play the role. Variety shared the news that BBC confirmed Gatwa’s casting today prior to the BAFTA TV Awards. It is presumed he will be attending the BAFTAs where there the press will be talking about Doctor Who. Therefore, it will allow Gatwa to finally open up about the casting decision and gain even more exposure for the series.
As for the actor, he gained popularity in the Netflix series Sex Education. Yet, he is “deeply honored, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared” when it comes to this role. As for why he was chosen, showrunner Russell T. Davies had this to say: “Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars.” Now, keep in mind that he is technically not the first African-American doctor ever on the series. Jo Martin played “Fugitive Doctor” Ruth Clayton in an episode in 2020. He will be the first lead and that is huge. The show starts filming at the end of the year.
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