He will take over as Doctor Who from Jodie Whittaker after her departure as the Time Lord later this year.
And Ncuti Gatwa was already having fun with his new role while enjoying a playful joke onstage at the BAFTA TV Awards 2022 on Sunday evening.
As the actor, 29, was introduced by fellow Sex Education star Aimee Lou Wood on stage to present the Best Scripted Comedy category she set up a ‘knock knock’ joke.
Witty: Ncuti Gatwa was introduced by fellow Sex Education star Aimee Lou Wood with a ‘knock knock joke,’ the punchline being: ‘Doctor Who’ at the BAFTAs on Sunday
‘Who’s there?’ Ncuti responded, with Aimee Lou following up ‘Doctor’. ‘Who?’ Ncuti asked, with both of them then cheering ‘ayyy!’
The 29-year-old is the first black actor to take on the leading role as The Doctor, after Jodie made history as the first permanent female Time Lord in 2017.
Jo Martin played the first black incarnation of the Time Lord in a January 2020 episode, Future of the Judoon, as Ruth Clayton, but Gatwa has become the first black Doctor to be cast as the series lead.
Hysterical: The new Dr. Who was left in fits of laughter on stage with Aimee Lou
Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, starred as Eric Effiong in Netflix ‘s hugely popular Sex Education about socially awkward high school student Otis (Asa Butterfield) and his sex therapist mother Jean (Gillian Anderson).
Just hours after the announcement, Gatwa and Davies, who is returning as Doctor Who’s showrunner, grinned and posed for snaps at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.
Gatwa showed off his sensational sense of style in a black suit with a plunging neckline and dramatic floor-length tassels, while he completed the look with a pair of sandals.
Congrats! Ncuti was on stage to present the cast of BBC comedy Motherland with their first BAFTA for its final season in the Best Scripted Comedy category
Exciting: Ncuti attended this year’s BAFTA TV Awards ceremony alongside returning Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies after it was confirmed that he will take over from Jodie Whittaker as the Time Lord in the hit BBC series
New guard: Gatwa is the first black actor to take on the leading role as The Doctor in the show’s history, after Jodie made history as the first permanent female Time Lord
History maker: The 29-year-old will become the 14th Doctor on the popular BBC show, after Whittaker announced last July she will be leaving the role after five years
Davies cut a smart figure in a black suit and a pink tie with gold leaf patterning as he joined Gatwa on the red carpet, where they both spoke about their excitement at the Sex Education star taking over from Whittaker.
On the red carpet, Gatwa admitted that he has kept his casting in Doctor Who under wraps since February and praised the popular sci-fi series for making people feel ‘seen’.
In his first interview since the announcement, he said: ‘I’ve known since February. It’s been tricky keeping this under wraps because I’ve got a very big mouth. We did it.
‘It feels amazing, this role is an institution and it’s so iconic and means so much to so many people, including myself.
‘It makes everyone feel seen. I’m very grateful to have the baton handed over and I’m going to try and do my best.’
Meanwhile, Davies said the team thought they had already chosen someone for the role of The Doctor when Gatwa came in and ‘stole’ the job.
Success story: Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, starred as Eric Effiong in Netflix ‘s hugely popular Sex Education about socially awkward high school student Otis (Asa Butterfield – pictured together)
‘It was talent. He was the very last one, we thought we had someone and then in he came in and stole it,’ Davies said.
‘Genuinely loved Sex Education and loved his work, didn’t quite know what we were going to get. I am properly thrilled.’
At this year’s BAFTA TV Awards, Gatwa has been nominated for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for his role as Eric in Sex Education and is up against Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats), Joe Gilgun (Brassic), Samson Kayo (Bloods), Steve Coogan (This Time With Alan Partridge) and Tim Renkow (Jerk).
Queer As Folk and It’s A Sin writer Davies is returning as the programme’s showrunner after departing the show in 2009.
Davies, who was responsible for Doctor Who’s revival in 2005, will be back to celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary in 2023, the BBC previously said.
Keeping quiet: Speaking on the red carpet, Gatwa (pictured with Davies) admitted that he has kept his casting in Doctor Who a secret since February and praised the popular series for making people feel ‘seen’
Debut: The official Doctor Who Twitter account broke the news on Sunday
The announcement of the new Doctor was teased by Davies and Gatwa on Instagram on Sunday, with a post featuring two heart emojis, a plus symbol and a blue square.
Previously speaking about his new role, Gatwa said he was ‘deeply honoured’ and ‘beyond excited’, but admitted that he was also a ‘little bit scared’ to join the franchise.
He told the BBC : ‘This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care.
‘I will endeavour my upmost to do the same.’
He added: ‘The entire team have been so welcoming and truly give their hearts to the show. And so as much as it’s daunting, I’m aware I’m joining a really supportive family.
Joy: Just hours after the news, Gatwa and Davies stepped out at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall together on Sunday
‘Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show.’
Davies said that Gatwa ‘dazzled’ in his audition, adding: ‘The future is here and it’s Ncuti! Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars.’
He continued: ‘Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds. It’s an honour to work with him, and a hoot, I 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.’
BAFTA TV AWARDS 2022: THE WINNERS
Comedy Entertainment Programme
The Graham Norton Show
The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan – WINNER
Race Around Britain
Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin (Exposure) – WINNER
Four Hours at the Capitol
The Men Who Sell Football (Al Jazeera Investigations)
Trump Takes on the World
The Chase – WINNER
Richard Osman’s House of Games
Steph’s Packed Lunch
In My Skin -WINNER
Manhunt: The Night Stalker
Alison Hammond (I Can See Your Voice)
Big Zuu (Big Zuu’s Big Eats) – WINNER
Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show)
Joe Lycett (Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back)
Michael McIntyre (Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel)
Sean Lock (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown)
An Audience with Adele
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – WINNER
Life & Rhymes
Strictly Come Dancing
The Factual Series
The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime
9/11: One Day in America
Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles
Uprising – WINNER
Big Zuu’s Big Eats – WINNER
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
Sort Your Life Out
The Great British Sewing Bee
Female Performance in a Comedy Programme
Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education)
Aisling Bea (This Way Up)
Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts)
Natasia Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats)
Rose Matafeo (Starstruck)
Sophie Willan (Alma’s Not Normal) -WINNER
Call My Agent!
Mare of Easttown
The Underground Railroad – WINNER
9/11: Inside the President’s War Room
Grenfell: The Untold Story
My Childhood, My Country – 20 Years in Afghanistan – WINNER
Nail Bomber: Man Hunt
Death of England: Face to Face
I Am Victoria
Together – WINNER
Black Power: A British Story of Resistance
Freddie Mercury: The Final Act
The Missing Children – WINNER
Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – WINNER
ITV Racing: The Grand National
Tokyo 2020 Olympics
UEFA Euro 2020 Semi-Final: England v Denmark
David Thewlis (Landscapers)
Hugh Quarshie (Stephen)
Olly Alexander (It’s A Sin)
Samuel Adewunmi (You Don’t Know Me)
Sean Bean (Time) – WINNER
Stephen Graham (Help)
Denise Gough (Too Close)
Emily Watson (Too Close)
Jodie Comer (Help) – WINNER
Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)
Lydia West (It’s A Sin)
Niamh Algar (Deceit)
The Brit Awards 2021
The Earthshot Prize 2021 – WINNER
The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme
Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats) – WINNER
Joe Gilgun (Brassic)
Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education)
Samson Kayo (Bloods)
Steve Coogan (This Time With Alan Partridge)
Tim Renkow (Jerk)
It’s A Sin
Time – WINNER
Channel 4 News: Black to Front
Good Morning Britain: Shamima Begum
ITV News at Ten: Storming of the Capitol – WINNER
Sky News: Afghanistan: Endgame
Reality and Constructed Factual
Gogglebox – WINNER
Married at First Sight UK
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
The Dog House
Alma’s Not Normal
Stath Lets Flats – WINNER
We Are Lady Parts
Short Form Programme
Hollyoaks Saved My Life (Hollyoaks IRL)
Our Land – WINNER
People You May Know
Soap & Continuing Drama
Coronation Street – WINNER
Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin)
David Carlyle (It’s A Sin)
Matthew MacFadyen (Succession) – WINNER
Nonso Anozie (Sweet Tooth)
Omari Douglas (It’s A Sin)
Stephen Graham (Time)
Cathy Tyson (Help) – WINNER
Celine Buckens (Showtrial)
Emily Mortimer (The Pursuit of Love)
Jessica Plummer (The Girl Before)
Leah Harvey (Foundation)
Tahirah Sharif (The Tower)
Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment
An Audience with AdeleI
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
It’s A Sin
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Strictly Come Dancing – WINNER