We're only days away from Doctor Who's 60th anniversary episodes finally landing on our screens, and the batch of three episodes comes before the exciting new season which will welcome in Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor.


The Sex Education and Barbie actor is set to lead the sci-fi series into 2024 alongside new companion Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson). We already know that some of Gatwa's scenes "blew everyone" on set away, and it seems as though Gatwa has another fan – none other than Tom Baker.

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Baker appeared as the Fourth Doctor from 1974 to 1981 and speaking in this week's issue of Radio Times magazine, the iconic actor reacted to Gatwa's casting for the first time.

Gazing at a picture of Gatwa, he said: "Oh! Is this the next Doctor Who? A handsome young man! Marvellous cheekbones. These things are important as you get near to death."

Ncuti Gatwa as The Doctor
Ncuti Gatwa as The Doctor BBC/Bad Wolf

Baker holds the record for the longest stint as the Doctor (seven years), and speaking to Radio Times, Baker was asked whether he felt as though there was anything Gatwa should know going into the leading role.

Baker said: "Knowing anything is a bit dangerous when you play Doctor Who. It's better to know nothing. And to be good-natured. The trick is to respond generously to other actors, which halves your task because you don't have to be driving it all the time."

As for what's next to come for Doctor Who, fans have the three anniversary special episodes to look forward to, a Christmas special and a brand new season to come in 2024.

Kicking off this Saturday (25th November), the anniversary episodes will see the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the Fourteenth Doctor and Donna Noble before handing over the reins to Gatwa.

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While details about the forthcoming new season remain under wraps, Gatwa recently revealed that he will actually be in scenes with the First Doctor.

Speaking at the GQ magazine Men of the Year awards, Gatwa said (as per The Mirror): "It has been a crazy year. I shouldn't say this but I shot a scene, somehow, with the first ever Doctor, William Hartnell. We end up in the same scene together at some point.

"To see that history – now a Black man as the Doctor! It was just very wild."

Gatwa will be making history as the first male Black Doctor to be cast in the leading role of the sci-fi series and is expected to make his first appearance over the festive period before taking the helm next year.

Read the full interview with Tom Baker in this week's Radio Times magazine – out now.

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Doctor Who's first 60th anniversary special The Star Beast airs at 6:30pm on Saturday 25th November on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Classic episodes are available on BritBox – you can sign up for a 7-day free trial here.

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