Ncuti Gatwa on Doctor Who: “It’s going to be elevated to another level”

It feels like there’s a lot going on in the world of Doctor Who right now.

Russell T Davies and David Tennant have returned to the show while Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker have left. The BBC has struck a deal with Disney to make Disney+ the streaming home of the series from next year, and there is much speculation about how the influx of cash could change the classic BBC science fiction show in the future.

What is more, there’s the small matter of the 60th-anniversary specials, a new Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa and a new companion Ruby Sunday, who is to be played by former Coronation Street actor Millie Gibson. That’s before we start speculating about who else might be returning to the series and what other new cast members might be joining in the coming months…

And so with excitement at fever pitch, it’s good to hear the actor playing the incoming Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa appears to be just as excited as the rest of us right now.

“It’s going to be amazing,” Gatwa told the BBC at the BAFTA Scotland Awards.

He added: “It’s going to be the same show we know and love but it’s going to be elevated to another level.”

The Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials, which will see the return of Catherine Tate as Donna Noble as well as Neil Patrick Harris playing an as yet unnamed enemy causing trouble for the Doctor will air in November 2023 across three one-hour parts.

These will be followed by the first full episode of Ncuti Gatwa’s tenure in the TARDIS alongside Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday, which is expected to air around the festive season of 2023. A full season 14 run of Doctor Who is expected in 2024.