Jodie Whittaker refuses to give Doctor Who advice to Ncuti Gatwa
17th October 2022

Jodie Whittaker 'grief-ridden' ahead of last Doctor Who appearance

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The 13th Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) is set to bring her tenure in the TARDIS to a sad end in the BBC’s forthcoming centenary special of Doctor Who, The Power of the Doctor. Before she finally hands over the keys to the time machine to her successor, Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa, the cast gathered in London to celebrate the show’s 60-year history.

Jodie has embraced the next era of Doctor Who with open arms ahead of Ncuti’s first stint in the TARDIS.

Ahead of the series’ return this Sunday, Jodie and her co-stars Mandip Gill and Sacha Diwan, and showrunner Chris Chibnall spoke to fans at an exclusive preview of The Power of the Doctor.

When asked what her biggest piece of advice for Ncuti was, Jodie admitted there was nothing she could say he didn’t already know.

“Oh, it’s yours for the taking,” she said. “There’s no advice you can give.”

“I’m certainly not giving that phenomenal actor any advice, he doesn’t need it from me!”

Ncuti is best known for his acclaimed performance as Eric Effiong in Sex Education, best friend to series lead Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield).

He has also appeared in Horrible Histories’ Rotten Romans movie and the romantic drama The Last Letter from Your Lover.

The Rwandan-Scottish star’s career has skyrocketed since his breakout in Sex Education, and his casting as the next Doctor in May was met with universal acclaim by fans.

Finally, Jodie added: “It’s yours to own, and you’ve earned it.”

Jodie’s co-star Mandip, who portrays TARDIS companion Yasmin Khan, was also reluctant to give Ncuti any advice about how to tackle the coveted BBC role.

“I don’t have any advice, like you said,” she said, before joking: “Wagamama’s is really nice on Cardiff Bay!”

Outside of Doctor Who, Ncuti will also star alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Barbie and join an ensemble cast in Apple TV+’s war drama Masters of the Air.

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Despite his ever-expanding career, the actor has also found time to return for the fourth season of Sex Education, set to be released on Netflix next year.

In the meantime, the 13th Doctor, Yaz and new companion Dan Lewis (John Bishop) have one last adventure before the reins are handed back to returning showrunner, Russell T Davies.

“This family grows, and it will be bigger than us and it will go on,” Jodie said of Doctor Who’s future.

“Ncuti will be extraordinary. He’ll bring an audience that we haven’t reached and his performance will be so magical.”

“Now we get to sit back and enjoy it as the fans we can be now, knowing whatever is to come we were once a part of that.”

Ncuti’s Doctor is assumed to replace Jodie at the end of her final episode, although set photos confirming David Tennant’s return to the role have caused speculation to run rampant.

The 10th Doctor was confirmed to return with companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) as part of three specials commemorating Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary, which will kick off in November next year.

Doctor Who: The Power of the Doctor airs Sunday, October 23 at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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