Ncuti Gatwa will be the first gay Doctor Who: “Super cool, a sexier Doctor”

Harris is set to feature in the upcoming 60th anniversary special

Ncuti Gatwa will be the first gay Doctor Who, actor Neil Patrick Harris has revealed.

The How I Met Your Mother star was recently revealed as the latest cast member to join the 60th anniversary special of the sci-fi series, which is set to air in 2023.

The upcoming episode will mark Gatwa’s debut as the titular Time Lord, after showrunner Russell T. Davies confirmed the news back in May.

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Little is known about Gatwa’s portrayal of the iconic time traveller, but Harris has assured fans that the 14th Doctor will be a groundbreaking one.

On meeting the former Sex Education star, Harris told Variety: “I got to meet and interact with him a bit and he’s glorious.

“He’ll be the first gay Doctor, which is going to be super cool, a sexier Doctor.”

Neil Patrick Harris. CREDIT: Getty Images

Gatwa is next set to appear in Margot Robbie-led Barbie film, and one of his co-stars is particularly excited about his Doctor Who casting.

Ryan Gosling, who plays Ken in the upcoming film, sang Gatwa’s praises during a recent appearance on The One Show.

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“Him playing Doctor Who is the most exciting thing that’s happening right now. I’m here for it,’ said Gosling.

The actor was also recently pictured wearing a t-shirt of Gatwa as Doctor Who.

“Dolls supporting Doctors,” Gatwa wrote in an Instagram post. “Yass king. As if I couldn’t love him anymore.”

Davies shared the same picture on social media and joked that he would sue Gosling over the “illegal” merchandise.

“This is, genuinely, Ryan Gosling wearing a t-shirt of Ncuti Gatwa as Doctor Who,” he wrote on Instagram. “We’re suing him, of course. Illegal merch #rulesarerules.”

Gatwa was announced to be taking over from Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who back in May. Russell T Davies, who revived and ran the show between 2005 and 2010, will also return as showrunner, succeeding Chris Chibnall.

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