Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor Who companion to be announced

A companion to the Fifteenth Doctor in Doctor Who played by Ncuti Gatwa is to be announced on the evening of Friday 18th November during the live Children in Need charity telethon on the BBC.

Gatwa is due to take full charge of the TARDIS in the popular BBC series for an episode over the festive period of 2023 and is then expected to see his first full series as the Fifteenth Doctor air in 2024. Before this, three 60th-anniversary Doctor Who episodes will air in November 2023 featuring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor and will also see the return of Catherine Tate as Donna Noble. The specials, which are to be overseen by showrunner Russell T Davies and are an hour each, are due to feature Neil Patrick Harris as one of the central enemies and according to recent reports may also see Miriam Margoyles playing a part.

It’s not clear at what time the new companion will be revealed, but the Children in Need show runs from 7pm and 10pm on Friday evening on the BBC’s flagship channel BBC One.

The show will be presented by by Ade Adepitan, Mel Giedroyc, Chris Ramsey, Alex Scott and Jason Manford and highlights beyond Doctor Who are set to include ex-Strictly stars Maisie Smith and John Waite taking part in a charity version of Blankety Blank with appearances from Lewis Capaldi, Graham Norton, Joe Wicks and popular dance group Diversity.

Presenter Jason Manford said: “Being from an underprivileged background, to help a charity that helps those children, means a lot to me”.

Mel Giedroyc added: “so many children facing the very real crisis of poverty this winter”, while Adepitan said it would be “a really emotional night with a lot of powerful stories”.

You can watch Children in Need on BBC One and BBC iPlayer if you’re in the UK from 7pm on Friday 18th November 2022.