Doctor Who's Steven Moffat on Ncuti Gatwa: "He's going to be magnificent"
"Twenty years from now, people will be complaining that he's not still in the show."
Doctor Who fans have been waiting patiently for the upcoming season to land on our screens, with Ncuti Gatwa firmly at the helm as the new Doctor – and former showrunner Steven Moffat is geared up for Gatwa's "magnificent" reign.
Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com at the Radio Times Covers Party 2024, Moffat revealed what he was most excited to see from Gatwa in the 14th season of the sci-fi series.
"Well, I think Ncuti is going to be [an] amazing Doctor, he's going to be different.
"But I've already seen this, I think we all have in The Giggle, that he's got all the command and all the presence of a classic Doctor, plus a whole funky new thing that's going on. And that's what we need."
Moffat continued: "Because, you know, the funky new thing's great, but what you've really got to have is, 'I'm the guy who gives the orders.'
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"And the thing I particularly like from The Giggle is when he orders David Tennant out of the TARDIS. He says, 'Beat it, kid,' and that's great.
"He's going to be a magnificent Doctor. And 20 years from now, people will be complaining that he's not still in the show."
It's been confirmed that Doctor Who season 14 will debut on screens in May 2024, with an exact release date yet to be announced.
We do know, though, that Gatwa will return to helm the series alongside new companion Ruby Sunday, played by Millie Gibson.
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Once again, Russell T Davies will lead the sci-fi as showrunner, with Whovians continuously questioning whether Moffat himself could ever envisage a return to the show.
Well, when posed the question by RadioTimes.com, Moffat said: "Look at my ageing face. How can I fit in? And I know, because I've seen the feedback, that people think I'm being evasive on the subject."
He also added: "We've got Russell there. We've got a bunch of new writers there. We've got Ncuti [Gatwa, Fifteenth Doctor] there. It's all good."
See more photos from the Radio Times Covers Party 2024 in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, on sale Tuesday 6th February.
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