Doctor Who and Sex Ed stars lead reactions to Ncuti Gatwa casting

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Ncuti Gatwa is taking over as the 14th Doctor, with showrunner Russell T Davies returning (Picture:Getty/REX)

Doctor Who and Sex Education stars have led the reaction to Ncuti Gatwa being cast as the 14th Doctor – and basically, no one can handle it.

The actor, who’s best known for his role as Eric Effiong in Netflix’s Sex Education, is set to take over from Jodie Whittaker this autumn, with Russell T Davies returning as showrunner.

Karen Gillan, who starred as Amy Pond alongside Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor, excitedly tweeted: ‘We have a new doctor!!!!!’

Georgia Tennant, who played Jenny, the Doctor’s daughter, simply joked: ‘Hello dad’.

Mandip Gill proudly shared news of the announcement on her Instagram Stories, while Emma Mackey, who played Maeve in Sex Education alongside Ncuti, sweetly wrote: ‘My Doctor’.

Jim Howick, who plays Mr Hendricks in Sex Education, added: ‘Yes Ncuti!’, while Alistair Petrie, who plays Mr Groff, said: ‘Fearsome talent, he’ll be glorious. Thrilled and very proud. Go The Gatwa.’

Emma Mackey

Emma was thrilled for Ncuti (Picture: Instagram/Emma Mackey)

Ncuti was, of course, thrilled to land the role, which he’ll first be seen in during the autumn special of the sci-fi.

He said: ‘There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared.

‘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 upmost to do the same.  Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground.

Ncuti will take over from Jodie (Picture: BBC/Steve Schofield)

‘The entire team have been so welcoming and truly give their hearts to the show. And so as much as it’s daunting, I’m aware I’m joining a really supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show.’

Russell added: ‘The future is here and it’s Ncuti! 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.

‘Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those Tardis keys in seconds. It’s an honour to work with him, and a hoot, I can’t wait to get started.

‘I’m sure you’re dying to know more, but we’re rationing ourselves for now, with the wonderful Jodie’s epic finale yet to come. But I promise you, 2023 will be spectacular!’

The 29-year-old also revealed that he’s kept the secret since February, and isn’t planning on dishing out any spoilers – River Song would be proud.

Doctor Who returns this autumn.

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