The ‘Doctor Who’ franchise is set to reach a historic milestone with Ncuti Gatwa taking over as the first queer, Black Doctor. Fans of the long-running series are eagerly awaiting the three 60th anniversary special episodes airing at the end of November. These specials will not only feature Gatwa’s debut but also the return of David Tennant as the Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble.
Gatwa Teases an Unexpected Cameo
At the GQ Men of the Year ceremony in London, Ncuti Gatwa shared exciting news about a special cameo in the upcoming episodes. He revealed that he filmed a scene with the first Doctor, William Hartnell, despite Hartnell having passed away in 1975. This surprising revelation suggests that advanced technology has been used to bring Hartnell’s portrayal back to the screen, allowing him to star alongside Gatwa.
Fan Reactions to Gatwa’s Announcement
Gatwa’s announcement has stirred both excitement and concern among fans, with some joking about the potential reaction from Russell T Davies, the show’s writer. Despite the potential for spoilers, the news has been met with enthusiasm, with fans expressing their eagerness to see how this historic scene plays out.
An Impressive Lineup for the Specials and New Season
The 60th anniversary specials and the new season of ‘Doctor Who’ will not only feature Gatwa, Tennant, and Tate but also a lineup of stars including Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon, ‘Heartstopper’ star Yasmin Finney, Miriam Margoyles, Neil Patrick Harris, and newcomers Mary Malone and Pete MacHale. This impressive roster adds to the anticipation surrounding the specials and the new series set for release in 2024.
A New Chapter for ‘Doctor Who’
The upcoming specials mark a new chapter in the ‘Doctor Who’ legacy, with Ncuti Gatwa at the helm as the iconic Time Lord. His role as the first queer, Black Doctor, coupled with the integration of classic elements like Hartnell’s Doctor, signifies a blend of the show’s rich history with its progressive future. The first of these specials will be available on BBC and Disney+ starting 25 November, offering fans old and new a chance to witness this exciting evolution of the beloved series.