Doctor Who’s Ncuti Gatwa tops list of Scottish creative talent

We may have to wait until the end of 2023 to see series 14 begin and Ncuti Gatwa to start his adventures in space and time with Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday by his side, but while we’re waiting there are seemingly always more reasons to get excited about the new era of Doctor Who.

The latest news to enter the Whoniverse is that Ncuti Gatwa has topped a list of the 100 most influential people in the creative industries in Scotland after being placed number one in The List magazine’s Hot 100 feature.

Speaking of his win, the incoming Fifteenth Doctor who made his name as Eric Effiong on Netflix teen drama Sex Education said: “This feels so full circle. I’m an Edinburgh boy, I grew up here so being featured in The List’s Hot 100 is an honour.”

He added: “This is one of the many things that in the past six months specifically just made my inner child, the younger Ncuti, very, very happy.”

Brian Donaldson, editor of The List magazine, said: “The Hot 100 is our chance to celebrate the 100-plus people who are thriving in our galleries, cinemas, theatres, comedy clubs, restaurants and shops, as well as those we’ve loved to listen to, watch or read.

“We won’t claim that the Hot 100 is perfect, but as a barometer for what’s exciting about Scottish culture, we believe we’ve got it largely spot on.”

Other names to make the 2022 list include comedian Kevin Bridges, chef Dean Banks, TikTok star Paul Black, actress Marli Siu, author Douglas Stewart, and director Charlotte Wells.

Previous people named in the Hot 100, which returns after a three year hiatus, include Franz Ferdinand, Ewan McGregor, David Tennant, Tilda Swinton, Brian Cox and Paolo Nutini.

Before we see Ncuti Gatwa in the TARDIS there will be three 60th-anniversary episodes of Doctor Who in November 2023 starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor.