Here's Your First Look At Ncuti Gatwa As the New, Gay 'Doctor Who'
We have a new Doctor!
Editor's note: this post contains some major spoilers for the most recent episode of Doctor Who.
Doctor Who always knows how to keep us on our toes.
In the latest episode of Doctor Who, we said goodbye to Jodie Whittaker's 13th Doctor, but we didn't get the 14th Doctor we suspected.
While Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa has been hired as the next Doctor, at the end of the episode, Whittaker didn't regenerate into Gatwa, but into the 10th Doctor, David Tennant!
It's a very short, but very packed trailer. In just fifteen seconds, we see Tennant's Doctor looking confused as he walks around London for the first time since 2010, saying "I don't know who I am anymore."
\u201c"Can someone tell me what the hell is going on here?" #DoctorWho\u201d
We get a short and quick look at Neil Patrick Harris' new character, who he has teased as "the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced." He's dressed in a smart tuxedo with a tophat, white bowtie, and a white flower in his lapel.
The teaser also shows the return of Catherine Tate as beloved companion Donna Noble. While it was originally thought that Gatwa would be the 14th Doctor, know we know that Tennant is the 14th and will stick around with Tate for three 60th anniversary specials in November 2023.
Showrunner Russell T. Davies seems to be having a great time with all the chaos in the trailer. "If you thought the appearance of David Tennant was a shock, we've got plenty more surprises on the way," he said in a statement. "The path to Ncuti's Fifteenth Doctor is laden with mystery, horror, robots, puppets, danger and fun! And how is it connected to the return of the wonderful Donna Noble? How, what, why? We're giving you a year to speculate, and then all hell lets loose!"
But don't worry, Gatwa is in the trailer as well, getting ready to be the 15th Doctor. "Someone tell me what the hell is going on here!" he shouts, and we'd love to know the same thing!
Gatwa, who previously starred in Sex Education, will not only be the fist Black Time Lord, but according to Harris, will be "the first gay Doctor," which Harris says is "super cool." Harris also said Gatwa's Doctor is "sexier" and "glorious."
While she's not in the trailer, Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney will also be joining the cast as a new version of Rose Tyler. "Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another Rose? You'll find out in 2023, but it's an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the Doctor Who set," Davies said about her. "We all fell in love with her in Heartstopper, one of those shows which changes the world - and now Yasmin can change the Whoniverse."
The three 60th anniversary specials will air in November of 202, and Gatwa's first episode as the Time Lord will air during the 2023 holiday season.