Neil Patrick Harris has revealed that Ncuti Gatwa will play the first gay Time Lord in the new series of Doctor Who.
After returning from shooting the new season of Doctor Who, Harris gave fans a little bit of insight into what they can expect from the 14th Doctor. He assured fans listening to Variety’s Just for Variety podcast that Gatwa will usher in a new era of the seminal sci-fi series as he is not only playing a “sexier” incarnation of the Time Lord but will also be appearing as “the first gay Doctor.”
“I got to meet and interact with him a bit and he’s glorious,” Harris said of the former Sex Education star. “He’ll be the first gay Doctor, which is going to be super cool, a sexier Doctor.”
Showrunner Russell T. Davis reportedly offered Harris a role on the series after they worked together on the British miniseries It’s a Sin. Little is known about his character at the moment, aside from the fact that he will appear in Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary special opposite Gatwa and that he will be “the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced.”
Harris shared a photo of himself in character wearing some crooked glasses, a bowtie, and a leather-strapped apron in an Instagram post acknowledging the casting news. “Thank you for inviting me into your Whoniverse, [Davies],” he wrote in the caption. “I’ll try my hardest to do my worst. This Doctor has no idea what’s in store. And even if he does… Who cares? Ha ha ha HA ha-ha-ha!”
This announcement arrived just over a month after the BBC revealed that Gatwa had been cast as the 14th Doctor, replacing Jodie Whittaker after her three-season tenure inside the TARDIS. Whittaker will star in one final episode later this year before she passes the torch to Gatwa for the 14th season, which is expected to air sometime in 2023.
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The intervening time gives people a chance to catch up on the modern era of the British sci-fi show before Gatwa’s arrival. Check out IGN’s guide on how to stream every episode of Doctor Who, including those starring previous incarnations of the Doctor such as Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, and Jodie Whittaker.
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