Jodie Whittaker has said that Ncuti Gatwa will be “magic” in Doctor Who and will reach audiences she hasn’t been able to yet.
The 40-year-old British actor has been playing the 13th incarnation of The Doctor since 2017, after she took over the role from Peter Capaldi.
Speaking ahead of her last feature length film – The Power Of The Doctor – airing next week, Whittaker said: “This family grows and it’s going to be bigger than us and it’s going to continue, and Ncuti will be extraordinary and he will give an audience that we have not reached and his performance will be magical.
“Now we can sit back and enjoy it like the fans we can now, knowing that whatever was about to happen we were once a part of that.”
Sex Education star Gatwa, 30, was announced as the 14th Doctor in May and will take over from Whittaker later this month.
When asked to share some advice for his successor, Whittaker said: “It’s yours to take on, there’s no advice you can give.
“I certainly don’t give that phenomenal actor any advice, he doesn’t need me.
“It’s just, it’s yours to own and you’ve earned it.”
Whittaker also candidly spoke about how emotional she became while making and watching her final episode of Doctor Who, saying, “I just know those moments, but I guess the great thing is you couldn’t fault the ending because we knew I was reincarnating so I really just started crying over something I knew was about to happen.
“I’m not even a little embarrassed to cry about it, it’s the most special time and I have to do it alongside friends and friends for life.”
Mandip Gill – who has been playing The Doctor’s companion since 2017 – also talked about the tearful experience filming the final episode.
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She said, “There wasn’t a lot of terrible acting going on.
“I didn’t really cry… But there were real tears, it was so beautiful.
“Even when I was watching it, I was like ‘it’s not acting, it’s really just me crying’.
“But it was really emotional, really beautiful, and it was so well written.
“I wouldn’t want it to end any other way… I’m grateful for that, like [Jodie] say, we started together and we ended together. “
The final episode, which airs on BBC One on October 23, will see Whittaker’s Doctor fight for her existence against some of her deadliest enemies – The Master, the Daleks and Cybermen.
It will be the first time that the Doctor’s three classic rivals have all appeared in a single storyline since the show’s return to BBC One in 2005.
The Lord of Time will face other problems, including deciphering who is attacking a speeding train traveling at the edge of a distant galaxy and why seismologists are missing from Earth. 21st century land.
She will also no longer wonder who is spoiling some of history’s most famous paintings, and why a Dalek would try to contact her after all these years.
In May, Heartstopper actress Yasmin Finney was announced as a new member of Doctor Who, and she will play a character named Rose who will become the Doctor’s new companion.
She will make her debut in scenes that will be aired in 2023 to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary.
David Tennant, the 10th Time Lord, will also return to the show alongside Catherine Tate, who plays her companion Donna Noble, in celebration.
Showrunner Chris Chibnall is set to leave the show to be replaced by Russell T Davies, the man behind the show’s 2005 revival.
The Power Of The Doctor will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 23 October.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/jodie-whittaker-ncuti-gatwa-will-take-doctor-who-to-new-audiences-42070930.html Jodie Whittaker: Ncuti Gatwa Will Bring Doctor Who To New Audiences