It’s official. There will be a new pilot of the TARDIS! Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa has been revealed by the BBC as the next star of Doctor Who, and fans seem delighted with the appointment of the 29-year old who is best known for playing Eric Effiong alongside Asa Butterfield and Emma Mackey on the Netflix hit series.
But it’s not just Doctor Who fans who are excited about the announcement of the new Doctor, actors from Sex Education and Doctor Who have been fast to take to social media to offer their congratulations to the new Timelord, and express their enthusiasm about Gatwa’s appointment to the most prestigious role in British science fiction.
Former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond opposite Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor said: “We have a new Doctor!!!!!,” while Georgia Tennant chose to make a joke about her character, Jenny, who appeared in The Doctor’s Daughter, saying “Hello Dad.”
Incoming Doctor Who showrunner, Russell T Davies, who will take over after Chris Chibnall leaves the show in the autumn posted a picture of himself on Instagram with Ncuti. He also commented on Ncuti’s Instagram post, simply saying “The future is here”
And it’s not just Doctor Who stars congratulating the new Timelord.
Alistair Petrie who plays headteacher Mr Groff in Sex Education said “Fearsome talent, he’ll be glorious. Thrilled and very proud. Go The Gatwa.”
Emma Mackey, who plays Maeve Wiley in Sex Education posted an Instagram story referencing the announcement which simply had two hearts and read “My Doctor”
Aimee Lou Wood, who plays Aimee Gibbs in the Netflix series also posted a story, this time with the word “crying” on it.