Actor Matt Smith is praising the decision to choose Ncuti Gata as the next Doctor Who. The Rwandan-born actor was born in Scotland and is best known for his role in the Netflix original series Sex Education. He plays Eric Effiong, a gay British-Nigerian, who must navigate his sexuality, dealing with a deeply religious Nigerian family and a bully turned boyfriend. The drama will follow the life of Eric, who is forced to confront a variety of problems, including the loss of his parents, an abusive boyfriend, and the complexities of friendships.
The new Doctor will take over from Jodie Whittaker, who is set to leave the show after four years. The show is keen to win over a younger audience, and Gatwa has a strong resume, having been nominated for a Bafta for his role in Sex Education. He will be able to bring the younger demographic to the show, and is likely to give a stellar performance in the role.
The decision to select Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor was praised by Matt Smith, who cites the importance of diversity in the series’ cast. Gatwa’s diversity has been a strong selling point for fans of the series, and her ability to bring the audience on a journey with her is a positive sign. However, there are a few issues with Gatwa’s cultural background.