Ncuti Gatwa comments suggest third Doctor Who series for the actor

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In an interview with Attitude magazine, when Ncuti Gatwa is asked what is next for him after filming on his second series of Doctor Who wraps, he mentions a “break” “in between”, rather than moving on.

“I think this year my break will be to do something different creatively in between. Or another project, just, like, another character. That will be my mental break in between. But I dunno. We’ll see. We’ll see whether I work or take a holiday.”

This doesn’t sound like a man planning to leave Doctor Who behind after two series.

At the time of his interview, Gatwa was midway through filming the 2025 series having just finished Episode Five with three months to go. According to unofficial reports, that would place the time of his interview around February or possibly early March.

According to Gatwa, Jonathan Groff plays a character in Rogue, the sixth episode of the upcoming series, who brings out the vulnerable side the Doctor.

“Jonathan Groff brought something to the show that I don’t think we’ve seen in a long time, which will make sense when it’s released. But yeah, it definitely brings out a new side to the Doctor. It was really nice to see the Doctor vulnerable.”

Gatwa also related to Attitude that the freedom Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies gave him to create his own version of the Doctor was both liberating and daunting.

“He really trusted me to just take the character where I wanted. But I think funnily enough that is what I found so difficult about season one. Every day, I’d come home, and Id be like, ‘Was it OK? Was it right? Oh my God, it wasn’t right. We need to reshoot it. I need to redo this bit.’ And he would constantly be like, ‘It’s fine, it’s great. This is what we want: we want what you’re doing’.”

Doctor Who, starring Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson returns on 11 May 2024 midnight, 00:00 BST (10 May 7:00pm ET) streaming on BBC iPlayer and Disney+ with Space Babies and The Devil’s Chord. Both episodes will broadcast on BBC One in the UK and Ireland on 11 May immediately before Eurovision. The remaining six episodes will stream at 00:00 BST on the six subsequent Saturdays.