It seems like a long time now since Ncuti Gatwa, best known to many for his starring role in Netflix teen comedy-drama Sex Education, was announced as the actor who will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the next pilot of the TARDIS. At the time of the announcement, incoming (and returning) showrunner Russell T Davies hinted that announcements about the new series may remain muted until after Jodie Whittaker departs in her final episode – but after that, there would be a lot of Doctor Who chat for science fiction fans to get excited about.
Well, there’s already been a fair amount of Doctor Who talk, with the announcement of a new Rose, the return of big names like David Tennant and Catherine Tate for the 60th anniversary special in 2023, and the arrival of international superstars like Neil Patrick Harris.
But throughout all of this excitement, there has been little mention of the star of the show, Ncuti Gatwa, who will very soon be the Fourteenth Doctor. Well, that is, until now…
This weekend, Davies tweeted a picture of himself alongside Ncuti Gatwa accompanied by the message “A normal Saturday,” which has obviously had fans very excited at the prospect of new Doctor Who episodes going into production very soon.
As Screen OD recently reported, it is expected that season 14 of Doctor Who, which will be Ncuti Gatwa’s first full season of the show, will begin filming this autumn, likely in November. Therefore it’s likely that beyond the excitement of the 60th guest stars which have been the talk of the Whoiniverse, we may well soon be getting more reveals about what to expect in the new season.
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Fans may have a bit of a wait, however, as it’s not expected that the first full season starring Ncuti Gatwa will be released anytime soon, and it may not be for another year or more before we get to see the exciting new era of Doctor Who unfolds under the careful watchful eye of Russell T Davies.
Russell T Davies was of course responsible for rebooting Doctor Who for television in 2005, firstly with Christopher Eccleston as the lead character, followed after a season by David Tennant taking on the main role as the Tenth. It has since then continued to grow as one of the biggest shows for the BBC not only in the UK but as export all over the world – something that the Corporation is likely going to want to accelerate in the new RTD era.
More Doctor Who news and speculation is sure to follow, soon!