Today (Monday 4th December), Ncuti Gatwa has given an exclusive interview to the Big Issue to mark his upcoming outing as the new Doctor Who.
Gatwa auditioned in February 2022 and was unveiled to the world by showrunner Russell T Davies two months later. He said: “It’s felt like I’ve been the Doctor and also had to hold off from being the Doctor for most of the last two years,” he adds. “So how do I feel about people seeing it? I feel ready. But I’m sooooo nervous.”
“I think that is for everyone to see at Christmas,…you know what it’s like. Anything I say will get dissected, people will be like, this is exactly what it’s going to be. And I don’t want to paint anyone’s perceptions. But I guess he is very human.”
Gatwa continued: “It’s so exciting to have David and Catherine back. A nice little lead-in for me! It feels like it’s come full circle – because David was my Doctor and such a great inspiration to me as an actor.
“I would have been 13 – a pivotal time. And firstly, he’s Scottish. Plus he was so charismatic and fun – I mean all the Doctors have been fun, all the way back. Well, I don’t know if you can say that about William Hartnell. Maybe he wasn’t fun. But David had such a Scottish almost feral-ness to him, which is what I liked. I felt an affinity to that. So for him, of all people, to be handing the baton over – it just feels really surreal. Because I just loved his Doctor so much. So I’m very excited to be a part of the 60th. But also, it signifies the start of my tenure, which is nerve racking.”
Gatwa continued: “Russell doesn’t shy away from big, bad danger. The scripts are intense, they’re energetic, they’re funny and light, but also very dark and heavy. You know, the way he writes – he’s dealing with such existential crises and huge issues channelled in a really artistic, creative sci-fi way. But hope is certainly something he has put into these scripts.