The Doctor
The Fourteenth Doctor
Doctor Who character
Introduced byRussell T Davies
Portrayed byNcuti Gatwa
Preceded byJodie Whittaker
Information
Chronology
Previous versionThirteenth Doctor

The Fourteenth Doctor will be the next incarnation of the Doctor, the protagonist of the BBC science fiction television programme, Doctor Who. He will be portrayed by Rwandan-Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa.[1] Gatwa is the fourth Scottish actor[2][3][4] and the first black actor to lead the series.[5]

Within the series' narrative, the Doctor is a millennia-old, alien Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, with somewhat unknown origins, who travels in time and space in their TARDIS, frequently with companions. At the end of life, the Doctor regenerates; as a result, the physical appearance and personality of the Doctor changes.

He is set to appear in the fourteenth series, executive produced by Russell T Davies.[6]

Casting

Ncuti Gatwa will portray the Fourteenth Doctor.
Ncuti Gatwa will portray the Fourteenth Doctor.

Before Gatwa's casting was announced, several actors and actresses were heavily rumored to be taking over from Whittaker, including Hugh Grant, Michael Sheen, Kris Marshall, Richard Ayoade, Michaela Coel, Kelly Macdonald, and Lenny Henry. Davies' return also led to speculation that an actor he had previously worked with in other projects would join him as the Fourteenth Doctor, with Olly Alexander, Lydia West, Omari Douglas, T'Nia Miller and Fisayo Akinade ranking highly in bookies' odds.[7] Rumors also circulated that David Tennant would reprise his role, having previously portrayed the Tenth Doctor during Davies' time as showrunner, or that Jo Martin, who debuted as the Fugitive Doctor during Whittaker's tenure, would be revealed as the Fourteenth incarnation.[8]

On 8 May 2022, Gatwa posted an Instagram picture featuring two red heart emojis, a plus sign, and a blue square emoji.[9] The post, alongside comments from incoming Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies,[10] led to speculation that Gatwa had been cast as the Fourteenth Doctor. This was later confirmed that same day by the official Doctor Who Twitter account.[11]

In an article released on the Doctor Who website, Gatwa said, "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 endeavour my utmost to do the same."[11]

Davies added, "Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds... I promise you, 2023 will be spectacular!"[11]

Reception

Announcement

Angus Robertson, Scotland's Culture Secretary, congratulated Gatwa on his casting.[12] Fellow actor Olly Alexander, thought to be among the front-runners for the role,[13] tweeted his joy at the casting.[12] Fellow Scot Sylvester McCoy, who portrayed the Seventh Doctor, tweeted his pleasure over another Scottish actor taking the reins of the Doctor. At the 2022 Paris Fan Festival, Matt Smith, who portrayed the Eleventh Doctor, openly expressed his support to Gatwa taking on the role.[14] In an interview with STV News, Peter Capaldi, who portrayed the Twelfth Doctor, stated that he believed that Gatwa would be "an amazing Doctor." During the 2022 British Academy Television Awards, Gatwa stated that David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker, who portrayed the Tenth Doctor and Thirteenth Doctor respectively, called him to express their support.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Ncuti Gatwa: BBC names actor as next Doctor Who star". BBC. 8 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Ncuti Gatwa to take over from Jodie Whittaker as new Doctor Who, BBC announces". The Scotsman. 9 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Ncuti Gatwa becomes first person of colour to play Doctor Who and fourth Scot". The National. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  4. ^ Ward, Victoria (8 May 2022). "Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa announced as first black Doctor Who". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  5. ^ Belam, Martin (8 May 2022). "Doctor Who: Ncuti Gatwa to replace Jodie Whittaker, BBC announces". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  6. ^ Fullerton, Huw (24 September 2021). "Russell T Davies to return as Doctor Who showrunner". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Doctor Who: Every 14th Doctor Actor Rumor, Candidate & Favorites Explained". Screen Rant. 5 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Doctor Who: 6 People Rumored or Speculated to Play the 14th Doctor, So Far". 19 July 2021.
  9. ^ "♥️♥️➕🟦 - Ncuti Gatwa - @ncutigatwa Mystalk". mystalk.net.
  10. ^ "♥️♥️➕🟦 - Russell T Davies - @russelltdavies63 Mystalk". mystalk.net.
  11. ^ a b c "Ncuti Gatwa is the Doctor | Doctor Who". www.doctorwho.tv. Archived from the original on 24 May 2022. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  12. ^ a b Rowlands, Robert (8 May 2022). "Doctor Who fan reaction as Ncuti Gatwa announced as new Time Lord". CoventryLive.
  13. ^ "Olly Alexander talks about Doctor Who rumours". Belfast Telegraph.
  14. ^ Craig, David (9 May 2022). "Matt Smith and Sylvester McCoy congratulate Ncuti Gatwa on Doctor Who role". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  15. ^ Carr, Flora (13 May 2022). "Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi says Ncuti Gatwa will make "amazing" Doctor". Radio Times. Retrieved 13 May 2022.