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Ncuti Gatwa Makes History as First Black Actor to Play Doctor Who

Ncuti Gatwa – aka the iconic Eric “wash your hands you detty pigs” Effiong from Sex Education – has just landed another iconic role: Doctor Who!

The BBC reveals the Scottish BAFTA-winning actor will become the 14th Time Lord on the sci-fi series and he’s making history along the way as the first person of colour to score the lead.

“There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling,” Ncuti shares in a statement posted on the official DoctorWho.TV website.


“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 utmost to do the same.”

Showrunner Russel T Davies adds “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 takes the baton from Jodie Whittaker, who was the first woman to play Doctor Who. The series is expected to air in 2023.

(Feature Image Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images)

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