Ncuti Gatwa BBC names actor as next Doctor Who star

The 29-year-old will become the 14th Time Lord on the popular science fiction show, and the first non-white performer to play the lead role.

Scottish actor Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, is best known for starring in Netflix's sitcom Sex Education.

He told BBC News: "It feels really amazing. It's a true honour. This role is an institution and it's so iconic."

Speaking on the red carpet before Sunday's Bafta TV Awards, where he is nominated for Sex Education

Gatwa said the role of the Doctor "means a lot to so many people, including myself"

He added: "I feel very grateful to have had the baton handed over and I'm going to try to do my best."

Ncuti Gatwa is a very shrewd choice for the role. He's incredibly popular with viewers in their late teens and 20s, thanks to Sex Education on Netflix.

He has more than 2.5 million Instagram followers, and that's likely to shoot up even further after today's announcement.

Showrunner Russell T Davies said Gatwa had impressed him in a "blazing" audition.

In a statement, he added that the prospect of working with Davies was "a dream come true".