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Monday, May 9, 2022

Ncuti Gatwa, born in Rwanda and raised in Scotland, will be the first Black actor to play The Doctor Who full-time

The 29-year-old will become the 14th Time Lord on the popular science fiction show, and the first person of colour to play the lead role. (Read More Here).

Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, is best known for starring in Netflix's sitcom Sex Education.

He told BBC News: "It feels really amazing. It's a true honour. This role is an institution and it's so iconic."

Speaking on the red carpet before Sunday's Bafta TV Awards, where he was nominated for Sex Education, Gatwa said the role of the Doctor "means a lot to so many people, including myself".

Gatwa moved to Scotland as a toddler when his family fled the Rwandan genocide, and was at one point homeless before finding his big break as an actor.

In Sex Education, he plays Eric Effiong, a young gay British-Nigerian who is best friends with Otis, the show's lead character. He has also appeared in a BBC adaptation of Iain Banks' novel Stonemouth, and the 2021 film The Last Letter from Your Lover.

Whittaker took over as the Doctor in 2017 as the first female doctor.

She will bow out in a special episode to be broadcast this autumn. Her finale will also feature appearances from two previous companions - Ace, played by Sophie Aldred, and Janet Fielding's Tegan.

Gatwa moved to Scotland as a toddler when his family fled the Rwandan genocide, and was at one point homeless before finding his big break as an actor.

In Sex Education, he plays Eric Effiong, a young gay British-Nigerian who is best friends with Otis, the show's lead character. He has also appeared in a BBC adaptation of Iain Banks' novel Stonemouth, and the 2021 film The Last Letter from Your Lover.

Whittaker took over as the Doctor in 2017 as the first female doctor.

She will bow out in a special episode to be broadcast this autumn. Her finale will also feature appearances from two previous companions - Ace, played by Sophie Aldred, and Janet Fielding's Tegan.


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