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Ncuti Gatwa: “You will see me singing” on Doctor Who

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BBC Newsround presenter De’Graft Mensah interviewed Ncuti Gatwa on his upcoming role in the 2024 Series of Doctor Who at the London premiere of the Doctor Who Christmas special The Church on Ruby Road.

“There’s [a] question I wanted to ask, and it’s based off a conversation we had with [Doctor Who showrunner] Russell [T Davies],” Mensah began. “Russell said at some point in the series, there is a big musical number that he’s working on. Are we going to see you singing at all at any point? Are you involved in this number? What can you tell us?”

“You will see me singing. Yes, yes, yes, you will see me singing,” Ncuti Gatwa assured with a smile.

Mensah and the other audience members at the premiere witnessed Gatwa and Millie Gibson singing in the Christmas special, according to Russell T Davies. There will be a verse for the Doctor and and his companion Ruby Sunday after a fiendishly talented goblin sings in a musical number on the Goblin King’s ship in a song released from The Church on Ruby Road. A singing Doctor is something that music-loving goblins can’t resist.

Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa in 60s gear

In another interview with Inverse, Gatwa was asked if there is a chance for a full-fledged musical Doctor Who episode and he enigmatically replied, “There is a chance.”

Along with Mensah’s questions, Gatwa fielded some serious questions put to him by BBC Newsround viewers. One of them asked if the Fifteenth Doctor faces racism when going into the past.

“Race is definitely an element that we are not shying away from contending with. And that’s the thing with time travel. There’s been precarious, precarious times in our past and it’s good to address those moments of our history so that we can have a much better future.”

When asked why he thinks it has taken so long to have a full-time black Doctor, Gatwa had this to say.

“I think change. Change can take a little while at times. Now that we know that it’s very important to represent diversity and inclusion, it’s something that we will continue to do. And so I, myself, and [Thirteenth Doctor] Jodie [Whittaker] are just the beginnings of a wonderful, rich, colourful, diverse story to come.”

The Church on Ruby Road will be available globally on 25 December, 17:55 GMT. The special will transmit exclusively on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and Ireland at 5:55pm BT and stream exclusively on Disney+ outside the UK and Ireland.

A new 8-episode Doctor Who series starring Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson will debut in Spring of 2024.