Ncuti Gatwa has described Doctor Who as a series about "kindness and acceptance" ahead of his hotly anticipated debut in the 60th anniversary specials due later this year.


The actor will play the Fifteenth Doctor, taking the baton from returning star David Tennant, with recent teaser images showcasing some stunning fashion choices for his incarnation of the character.

Plot details are scarce for Doctor Who season 14, which is crafted by screenwriter and showrunner Russell T Davies, but Gatwa teased to Rolling Stone that it will see the well-travelled Time Lord "fighting with love".

He explained: "The quality I admire most about the Doctor is that they fight for every life in the universe. Good or bad, foe or friend, they see the importance of everyone's life – and that everyone and everything has a place in the universe.

"And they believe very much in not killing... [but] fighting with love. The show ultimately is about kindness and acceptance and that's what I love most about The Doctor – and Doctor Who."

These comments give an idea of the kind of Doctor that Gatwa will be playing, who seems likely to have more warm and welcoming persona than the comparably guarded takes of William Hartnell and Christopher Eccleston.

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It's been an exciting week for Doctor Who fans, with the BBC also dropping a first look at the show's redesigned sonic screwdriver, which will be making its first appearance soon.

If you're keen to see more from Gatwa before his TARDIS tenure begins, he takes a supporting role in this weekend's Barbie movie and will be playing Eric Effiong one last time in September's Sex Education season 4.

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