TThe 15th Doctor Will See You Now

The New York Times recently published a delightful profile of Ncuti Gatwa, who plays the 15th Doctor Who. Roslyn Sulcas does a great job of capturing Gatwa’s unique charm both on and off screen.

The pressures and expectations surrounding these firsts aren’t lost on Gatwa, who grew up in a working class home in Dunfermline, Scotland. “‘Doctor Who,’” he said, “is something I remember as almost over our heads, something we knew was important culturally, like the royals.” His audition “was lovely, but I didn’t think I was going to get it,” he said. “British casting has taken a long time to diversify — why would it be now, and why me?”

The anxiety he felt about “getting it right, living up to the amazing people who have done this role,” lasted through filming the first season, Gatwa said. “Gradually, it became clear to me that there isn’t a mold you need to step into to portray the Doctor,” he said. “It can come out of you naturally.”

Read the full article here.


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