Celebrities react to Ncuti Gatwa’s announcement as new Doctor Who star

Celebrities react as Sex Education Star Ncuti Gatwa announced as new Doctor Who star

Pictured is new Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa in 2020.
Pictured is new Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa in 2020. Photo: Stills Press / Alamy Stock Photo

Reactions have been flooding in after the announcement that Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa will be the 14th Doctor.

Celebrities have congratulated him on the announcement and showed their confidence in his ability to play the role.

The actor’s Sex Education co-star Gillian Anderson said Gatwa is “a ray of sunshine” in a tweet congratulating him.

Former Doctor Who stars have also given their reactions to the casting.

It has been reported that fan favourite Matt Smith, who played the 11th Doctor, said he thinks the new Doctor is “going to be truly brilliant.”

The official Twitter page of Sylvester McCoy, who played the seventh incarnation of the Doctor, also welcomed the actor to the role.

On a tweet issued by the page, the Scot revealed his delight to see his compatriot take up the role of the Doctor.

Hollywood stars have also congratulated Gatwa.

Star of Marvel’s Shang-Chi, Simu Liu, said he was “overflowing with happiness” to see him cast as the next Doctor.

The BBC revealed Gatwa as the next star of Doctor Who yesterday, replacing the current Doctor Jodie Whittaker.

Gatwa will be the 14th person to take up the part as the Doctor and the first person of colour to play the lead role.

The 29-year-old is best known for his role as Eric Effiong on the hit Netflix series Sex Education.

The Rwandan-born Scottish actor has won a BAFTA in Scotland award for Best Actor in Television and has been nominated for three BAFTAs for Best Male Comedy Performance, including at this year’s awards.

The actor will take over the role after the show’s centenary special which will air in autumn this year.

Expect to see his debut as the Doctor in 2023.