The BBC named Nkuti Gatva as Doctor whoThe fourteenth doctor. Gatwa will take on the role in 2023, replacing Jody Whitaker as the current doctor.
“This role and show means so much to so many people around the world, including me, and each of my incredibly talented predecessors handles this unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care,” Gatwa told the BBC. . “I will do my best to do the same.”
The Scottish actor previously played Eric Efiong in the Netflix comedy series Sex educationand will also star with Margo Robbie in the upcoming Barbie movie. Gatva will be the first black man to play the Doctor, a role that has been transferred to various actors since Doctor whoHe made his debut in 1963.
Whitaker went down in history as the first woman to appear as the Doctor when the BBC chose her for the role in 2017. In keeping with the series’ tradition, Whitaker will appear in a final episode featuring Gatva as the fourteenth Doctor. The premiere of this episode is expected to be at the end of this year to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the BBC.
The doctor, a humanoid time lord who can travel through space and time using the TARDIS, takes various forms in near-death situations in a process called regeneration. This serves as a storyline to pass the baton between the main actors and was originally introduced to smooth the transition between the actors after the First Doctor, William Hartnell, left the show.