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Sunday, August 06, 2023

And the Fifteenth Doctor will bear the face of... Ncuti Gatwa!

The announcement already came a year ago, that the Fifteenth Doctor on the British television series Doctor Who is going to be portrayed by Rwandan-Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa.  Now as things begin really ramping up for the show's sixtieth anniversary in November, the BBC is showing its cards a bit.

Here is Gatwa giving us a glimpse of what's to come:

Number Fifteen's attire reminds me a bit of Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor.  The way he's got his hand gesturing brings to mind the early photos of the Twelfth Doctor played by Peter Capaldi, or maybe Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor.  Gatwa's Doctor looks like he means business, as if he's saying "Okay, fun and games are over, let's get down to brass tacks."

Be mad at me if you will, but I'm very glad the Doctor is a man again.  No offense to Jodie Whittaker, but there is a dynamic between the Doctor and his companions and you just don't mess with that.  My personal favorites to be the Doctor after Thirteen's regeneration were Idris Elba, and Tilda Swinton playing against gender and portraying a male Doctor.  But I think Gatwa will be fine.

Now, if new/previous showrunner Russell T. Davies can just fix that STOOPID "Timeless Child" nonsense...


NX said...

I don't like the timeless child either. It violated a lot of canon that got built up since the show first began. That's supposed to be the Doctor's mother he sees in the last David Tennant episode. How does BBC adjust the timeless child to that? I hope Davies fixes this too. Hey I know say it was an alternate timeline in the multiverse! Since everyone is doing multiverses now lol

Chris Knight said...

NuWho (I've been calling it that since the show began again in 2005) has done WAY too much exploring the Doctor's history. In the beginning we weren't supposed to know much at all about his background. The Doctor was simply a mysterious traveler through time and space, who helped those in need wherever the TARDIS happened to land. The relaunched series did a great job in introducing the Time War and building up the Doctor as an important player in that drama. But going WAY back to the Doctor's inception? No, that's going too far. I also think it was a mistake for the Doctor to find Gallifrey again. That should have been an ongoing epic quest, spanning the course of the succeeding two or three Doctors. But maybe Davies can right this ship and put it on even keel again.