The BBC has named Ncuti Gatwa as Physician Who’s Fourteenth Physician. Gatwa will take over the function in 2023, changing Jodie Whittaker as the present Physician.
“This function and present means a lot to so many around the globe, together with myself, and every considered one of my extremely proficient predecessors has dealt with that distinctive accountability and privilege with the utmost care,” Gatwa mentioned in a press release to the BBC. “I’ll endeavour my upmost to do the identical.”
The Scottish actor beforehand performed Eric Effiong in Netflix’s comedy sequence Intercourse Training, and also will star alongside Margot Robbie in the upcoming Barbie film. Gatwa would be the first Black man to play the Physician, a job that has been handed round to completely different actors since Physician Who’s debut in 1963.
Whittaker made historical past as the primary lady to seem because the Physician when the BBC solid her for the function in 2017. In step with the sequence’ custom, Whittaker will seem in a single final episode that may introduce Gatwa because the Fourteenth Physician. This episode is anticipated to premiere on the finish of this yr to coincide with the a centesimal anniversary of the BBC.
The Physician, a humanoid Time Lord who can journey all through house and time utilizing the TARDIS, takes on a unique kind in near-death conditions in a course of referred to as regeneration. This serves as a plot machine to go the baton between lead actors and was initially launched to clean out the transition between actors after the First Physician, William Hartnell, left the present.