The head writer on the show between 2010 and 2017, who oversaw the Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi eras in the TARDIS, told the Telegraph that incoming showrunner Russell T Davies had given him a glimpse of Gatwa in action, and he was very impressed.
“Russell showed me [Gatwa’s] audition tape a while back.
“He is magnificent: all at once a brand new hero and the same wonderful mad old Doctor we’ve always known.”
Added Moffat, “We’re all in for a treat.”
Ncuti Gatwa, best known for his role of Eric in Sex Education on Netflix (pictured above), will take over from outbound Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, who will be in her final episode this autumn, a feature length special that will coincide with the centenary celebrations of the BBC. We know that there will be returning companions from the past as well as familiar monsters appearing on the episode. The show will also be the last to be overseen by the current showrunner Chris Chibnall, who will be replaced full time by Russell T Davies, who has made a sensational return to the helm of the show after first rebooting it and overseeing the programme between 2005 and 2010.
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It is expected that Gatwa will begin his tenure in the TARDIS in 2023, when we will see a 60th anniversary special of Doctor Who. Little is currently known about this show and it is thought the majority of Russell T Davies era announcements will be reserved until after the final Jodie Whittaker episode in a few months time.