Between the announcement of an all-new Doctor and plans for the upcoming 60th anniversary, it’s an exciting time to be a Doctor Who fan. Sex Education actor Ncuti Gatwa will succeed Jodie Whittaker later this year.
Gatwa will officially take over the TARDIS later this year, following another special directed by Whittaker. He will make his highly anticipated debut alongside Russell T Davies, who is making a big comeback to the series as showrunner after leaving in 2010.
Opening up about the cast of Gatwa on Sunday May 8, Davies said: “Sometimes talent comes through the door and it’s so bright, bold and brilliant, I stand in awe and thank my lucky stars. Ncuti dazzled us , grabbed the Doctor and possessed those TARDIS keys within seconds.”
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He continued, “It’s an honor to work with him, and a hoot, can’t wait to get started. I’m sure you’re dying to know more, but we’re rationing ourselves for now, with the wonderful Jodie’s epic finale yet to come. But I promise you 2023 will be spectacular!”
And with the 60th birthday on the horizon, it looks like Davies is bringing a few more stars to celebrate the occasion. David Tennant and Catherine Tate are currently filming scenes to air in 2023.
As fans of the long-running BBC series know, Tennant played the Doctor for five years between 2005 and 2010. The Broadchurch actor briefly returned to the series in 2013 to star alongside his successor Matt Smith for a special episode.
Meanwhile, Tate originally joined the cast of Doctor Who as Donna Noble in 2006 before becoming a regular cast member in 2008. Tennant and Tate were cast in Doctor Who by executive producer Davies.
Announcing the return of the Doctor Who favourites, Davies said: “They’re back! it is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our biggest stars come together for the battle of a lifetime.”
Elsewhere, the character of Rose Tyler also makes her return to the screen, but this time she will be played by Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney. Rose was previously played by Billie Piper from 2005 to 2013.
Another star reportedly returning to Doctor Who is Bernard Cribbins, who was spotted working on set. The veteran actor played Donna’s grandfather, Wilfred Mott, between 2007 and 2010.
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