The new Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa, has received a warm welcome into the fold by his predecessors in the TARDIS
The news that Ncuti Gatwa was our new Doctor came out of the blue on Saturday. The casting actually took place way back in February. However, the Bad Wolf and BBC teams somehow successfully kept a lid on the information until now. As soon as the news broke, Doctor Who stars and crew began to welcome the series incoming lead.
Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy posted a special video message. He showcased his usual comic sensibilities with a perfectly placed fan as he welcomed the fourth Scottish actor to helm the TARDIS. “Another Scot! Waa-hey!”
— Sylvester McCoy (@4SylvesterMcCoy) May 9, 2022
Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, was appearing on stage at a convention in Paris on Saturday. So was in the perfect position to welcome Ncuti to the ranks of the Doctors. As it happens, Smith is a fan of Sex Education. So he was able to share his own insight into what he thinks will make Gatwa a great Doctor.
“There’s a warmth and wit and a real depth to his talent, that I think is… honestly, I think it’s an inspired bit of casting, and I’m really, really excited for the show, and I think he’s going to be a cracker.” – Matt Smith
Smith’s former companion Karen Gillan, currently filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, posted a series of confetti horns to celebrate the news. Meanwhile, Georgia Tennant, who played the Time Lord’s daughter Jenny, as well being the real life daughter of Peter Davison and wife of David Tennant, greeted Gatwa with a simple… “Hello Dad.”
Hello Dad. https://t.co/VXmGdanXTc
— Georgia Tennant (@georgiaEtennant) May 8, 2022
Current Doctor Jodie Whittaker has never been on social media. But Russell T Davies shared that “we love Jodie, we spoke to her yesterday. She’s so happy about this.”
Showrunners, directors, Doctors, companions, and even Daleks were among those praising Gatwa as a brilliant choice
Jo Martin, who played the mysterious Fugitive Doctor during the Whittaker era posted to Instagram that Gatwa and Davies were “the dream team.” She then predicted “This is going to be epic!”
Elsewhere on Instagram, Pearl Mackie, who was the incomparable Bill Potts in Series Ten declared “HELL YES!!!” in response to the news, and fan favourite director Rachael Talalay (Heaven Sent, World Enough and Time, and others) said Gatwa was “brilliant” and “the best.”
Steven Moffat, the Doctor Who showrunner who cast Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, said Ncuti Gatwa was “a great choice – and what a ride he’s in for!”
Meanwhile, Nicholas Briggs, the voice of the Daleks, the Cyberman and more, as well as Creative Director at Big Finish Productions called it “Outstanding news!!!” While the other half of Team Dalek, so to speak, Dalek operator Barnaby Edwards said he was “thrilled” by it.
Former companions from the 1970s and 1980s have also expressed their excitement for the new era, following Gatwa’s casting
Nicola Bryant, who played Peri Brown, companion to the Fifth and Sixth Doctors, called it “very exciting,” adding that she “can’t wait to see Ncuti as the Doctor!” Her fellow 1980s companion Sophie Aldred, who returns as Ace in Jodie Whittaker’s final episode channelled her character by declaring Ncuti “WICKED!”
And Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant alongside Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor, called it “fabulous news” and said she “awaits the new series with a huge smile.”
hello my darlings just finished filming day 2 re start tomorrow at 5 am 👍🏻! fabulous news #NcutiGatwa is out next regeneration of Doctor Who ,total confidence he will be wonderful with @russelldavies63 at the helm i await the new series with a huge smile 😃♥️
— KatyManning Official welcomes you (@ManningOfficial) May 8, 2022
With sixteen months until his first full episode airs on TV, the Doctor Who family has clearly already taken the new Doctor to their hearts. Ncuti Gatwa’s first series of Doctor Who has been in production since March, but filming dates are still unknown. Filming will quite likely start reasonably soon, however. After all, they’ve chosen now to unveil Gatwa to the world having already successfully kept it secret for so long. And you can rely on Blogtor Who to keep you up to date.
But before we get too ahead of ourselves, there’s still the finale of Jodie Whittaker’s era to come this Autumn. With the special reportedly an epic ninety minutes long, it may be Doctor Who’s biggest and most exciting regeneration story yet…
Doctor Who continues this Autumn with the Thirteenth Doctor’s final episode, ahead of Ncuti Gatwa’s first full episode next year