Ncuti Gatwa “to start filming” Doctor Who season 14 in November

Incoming Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa is expected to begin filming season 14 of Doctor Who in November, according to US publication the Hollywood Reporter.

The Sex Education actor, best known to many television fans for his performance as Eric Effiong in the hit Netflix teen comedy-drama, was announced as the replacement to Jodie Whittaker earlier in the year, and will be the first actor to star as the Doctor under the direction of returning showrunner, Russell T Davies. However, it hasn’t been clear when filming for the new series was going to begin, until, apparently, now.

Although it is widely specualted that Gatwa will appear in some form in the 2023 60th anniversary special celebrations of Doctor Who, likely alongside former Doctors and companions (as happened in the 50th anniversary special episode The Day of the Doctor) it is not thought that a full season of Doctor Who starring the actor will be airing on BBC and across the world before 2024. We know that Neil Patrick Harris and Tenth Doctor David Tennant will appear, as well as Catherine Tate, reprising her role as Donna Noble.

Before he arrives as the Doctor, Gatwa will be reprising his role on Sex Education as Eric Effiong opposite the likes of Emma Mackey who plays Maeve Wiley and Asa Butterfield who stars as Otis Millburn in the series. Ncuti Gatwa will also appear in the Barbie movie opposite Margot Robbie on the big screen, so there’s plenty to look forward to if you’re a fan of his work.

Before the 60th anniversary, there is one final episode starring Jodie Whittaker due to be aired in the autumn of 2022 to coincide with the 100th anniversary celebrations of the BBC, the broadcaster who have made Doctor Who from the very beginning. It will also be the last episode helmed by outgoing showrunner Chris Chibnall.