Ncuti Gatwa, Russell T Davies, Millie Gibson and Bonnie Langford talk to Entertainment Weekly from the set of the 2025 season!

Entertainment Weekly have revealed two more unique looks for Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor in their current issue. The iconic entertainment magazine, which began in 1990 and went online in 2022, has an exclusive interview and photo shoot with the Doctor Who star in this week’s issue. For the shoot, Gatwa debuts two of his costumes from next year’s season, currently still filming in Cardiff. It even seems to include a homage to one of Peter Davison’s publicity photos from 1982! (Though, if so, he’d be in good company – the same photo was once recreated by none other than Kylie Minogue too!)

As well as Gatwa, Entertainment Weekly also chat to showrunner Russell T Davies and co-stars Millie Gibson and Bonnie Langford during a set visit to the filming of the 2025 season. Primarily aimed at a wider American audience, there’s not much detail included that a committed Doctor Who fan won’t have read on Blogtor Who and other sources but the passion of the team for the show shines through.

 

“Let’s do all of them!”

Gatwa discusses his wardrobe (“[Costume designer Pam Downe] laid out her sketches on the table, and I saw kilts and skirts and all kinds of gender-pushing, societal-pushing outfits, and I was like, ‘Yes, let’s do all of them.’”) He also touches on a dilemma which echoes Peter Davison’s comments on his first series (“I found it very confusing in season 1, the fact that they were just trusting me to do what I want with the role. I was like, ‘Surely there’s a right way and a wrong way, and you’ve got to tell me the right way.’ But they were like, ‘Well, it’s just whatever you’re doing.’ )

Meanwhile, Russell T Davies reveals that the Timeless Child still has a role to play in the Doctor’s future (“That story’s going to be the spine of the whole show.”) Bonnie Langford talks about playing a different kind of Mel than she did in the 80s (“Mel would’ve been clinging on to the Doctor going, ‘Oh Doctor, no!’ Now, Mel does the driving.”) And Millie Gibson talks about working with “the biggest laugh in the galaxy … I could just hear his laugh, and I was like, ‘There he is!’ All my nerves melted away.”

 

Ncuti Gatwa’s Brief History of Time Travel!

Ncuti Gatwa’s also hosted a video for Entertainment Weekly, running through the show’s history while wearing the other of the new costumes: a white polo shirt with matching white trousers and matching white trainers. He almost looks like he could be heading out to a cricket field. Just a modern one rather than an Edwardian era version.

Head to Entertainment Weekly to get the full interview, covering the meeting that convinced Davies to return, the moment Gatwa was offered the role, and how Gibson wound up auditioning for the role of Ruby Sunday. Plus, of course, lots more photos of those new outfits and exclusive promo images from this year’s episodes.

If that’s not enough Ncuti Gatwa to tide you over until his first season of Doctor Who begins in May, he’s the cover star of this month’s Attitude Magazine too! The UK’s best selling gay magazine as it celebrates it’s 30th anniversary (that’s nearly half a Doctor Who!)

 

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in the TARDIS ,BBC Studios 2023,James Pardon Doctor Who
The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in the TARDIS ,BBC Studios 2023,James Pardon

Doctor Who returns at 0000 BST on the 11th of May 2024 with a double bill of Space Babies and The Devil’s Chord on iPlayer in the UK, RTÉ Player in Ireland, and on Disney+ everywhere else

 

 

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