The first female Doctor is going to replaced by the first black Doctor!
The 29 year old Scottish actor who was born in Rwanda, is best known for starring in the Netflix sitcom Sex Education. He will become the 14th Doctor taking over the role in 2023.
Appearing on the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards where he was nominated for Sex Education, he and returning Doctor Who show runner Russell T Davis spoke to the BBC saying keeping the secret was hard since he was cast in February.
“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 utmost to do the same.” stated Gatwa.
Whittaker has been playing the Doctor since 2017 with her tenor marred by what most fans agree were sub-standard scripts as showrunner Chris Chibnall tried to take the show in a different direction. Whittaker and Chibnall always planned to only do 3 seasons of the long-running series.
Russell T Davis was the force that brought Doctor Who back to the screen with Christopher Eccleston as the Time Lord though left after 4 seasons. He will be taking back the helm from Chibnall which is being applauded by fans hoping to see the tone of the show pulled back to its roots.
Doctor Who originally ran for 26 seasons from 1963 – 1989. Davis successfully relaunched the series in 2005 starring Eccleston after a failed attempt in 1996 with a TV movie starring Paul McGann as the Doctor.
“The reason I’ve worked on 34 programs in my life is because I don’t normally like continuing series,” Davies told the Radio Times. “That’s why It’s A Sin came to an end and I just moved on. I like looking at a new set of challenges every time and a blank page – but Doctor Who is always a blank page.” He noted, “There are things coming up that are brand new ways of telling the stories that have never been done before, so it just feels new.”
Season 14 will debut on November 23, 2023.