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New Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa tells Big Issue he is ‘nervous’ about star role

Ncuti Gatwa will become the fifteenth Doctor (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Ncuti Gatwa will become the fifteenth Doctor (Andrew Milligan/PA) Ncuti Gatwa will become the fifteenth Doctor (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The actor playing the new Doctor Who has spoken about feeling “ready but nervous” for his new role.

Ncuti Gatwa auditioned for the part in February 2022 and was unveiled to the world by showrunner Russell T Davies two months later.

In an exclusive interview with the Big Issue magazine, Gatwa 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.

“So how do I feel about people seeing it? I feel ready. But I’m sooooo nervous.”

Gatwa said it was exciting to have David Tennant and Catherine Tate back for some special episodes, adding: “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.

Ncuti Gatwa
Ncuti Gatwa Ncuti Gatwa will become the fifteenth Doctor (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“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.”

In 2020, Gatwa revealed in an interview with the Big Issue about his experiences of becoming part of the hidden homeless crisis while sofa-surfing as a jobbing actor.

The Sex Education star said then: “A majority of people are one bad incident or one bad pay cheque away from a really drastic situation. I don’t know if this is the right thing to say to the Big Issue, but to this day I still wake up and check my bank balance and that there’s food in my fridge.

“And that’s because of that brief period where I was struggling. I feel good that I spoke about it.

“Because it can happen to anyone and can be extremely difficult to get out of. There’s just so much judgment towards people who are homeless.”

The Big Issue is out on Monday.