As Jodie Whittaker’s final episode of Doctor Who premieres in a matter of hours, fans are wondering when Ncuti Gatwa will be making his titular debut.
The upcoming special, titled The Power of the Doctor, will see the 40-year-old actress bow out as the 13th Doctor, with Sex Education’s Ncuti set to take over the keys to the Tardis.
Showrunner Chris Chibnall shared the details of the 90-minute epic to Metro.co.uk.
‘It’s a huge, epic, fast roller coaster ride of an episode. It’s probably the biggest episode of Doctor Who we’ve yet made,’ he said.
‘It features the return of Tegan and Ace from the classic series of Doctor Who, Janet Fielding and Sophie Aldred who are phenomenal.’
But when will Ncuti be stepping into the beloved role?
When will Ncuti Gatwa play Doctor Who?
Details over Ncuti’s highly-anticipated debut have been kept under wraps so far.
However, it was reported that the 30-year-old will begin filming next month, but it is unlikely he will appear on our screens as the lead role until 2024, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Showrunner Russell T Davies sent fans into a frenzy last month after he shared a selfie with Ncuti, which led the majority demanding answers over what was happening behind the scenes.
‘If you’ll forgive me a momentary exhortation, can I just simply say – squeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! #OMFG,’ one person wrote.
‘Russ, sir, when will you not make the fandom go crazy?’ another added.
Jodie recently shared that she kept sending Ncuti ‘eight minute monologues’ after hearing about his Doctor Who casting.
‘Unfortunately for Ncuti, he gave me his number. So he’s getting eight-minute monologues from me on WhatsApp,’ she told Empire magazine
‘Luckily, enough time had passed between finishing shooting and finding out about the new Doctor for me to just feel pure excitement about it. It’s inspired casting. He’s gonna smash it.’
How I Met Your Mother frontman Neil Patrick Harris – who was revealed as the latest star to join the cast for its highly-anticipated 2023 60th-anniversary special – assured fans that Ncuti’s casting will be one for the books.
‘He’ll be the first gay Doctor, which is going to be super cool, a sexier Doctor,’ he told Variety.
Doctor Who: The Power Of The Doctor is on BBC One tonight at 7.30pm