Matt Smith hails Ncuti Gatwa's casting as Doctor Who 'sensational'

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Matt Smith believes Ncuti Gatwa has 'something other' Doctor Who 'really needs' credit:Bang Showbiz
Matt Smith believes Ncuti Gatwa has 'something other' Doctor Who 'really needs' credit:Bang Showbiz

Matt Smith has hailed Ncuti Gatwa's casting as Doctor Who as "sensational".

The 39-year-old actor - who played the Eleventh Doctor in the long-running BBC sci-fi series - is thrilled that the 'Sex Education' star has landed the iconic role as the titular Time Lord as he can offer the part something special that's not been done before.

Speaking at the premiere of 'Game of Thrones' spin-off 'House of the Dragon', Matt is quoted by RadioTimes.com as saying: "I think it’s the most sensational bit of casting," he said, as reported by Variety. "What an actor – he’s brilliant in 'Sex Education'.

"I think he’s got something ‘other’ that that part really needs."

When it was announced in May that the 29-year-old star will be taking over from Jodie Whittaker, becoming the first black actor to play the part, Matt said: "I think it's an inspired piece of casting, and along with Russell [T. Davies, showrunner], who's such a great leader of that show.

"I don't know if you've seen him in 'Sex Education', there's a warmth and wit and a real depth to his talent that I think ... honestly, I think it's an inspired bit of casting and I'm really, really excited for the show."

Ncuti has said he wants to be "himself" as The Doctor.

Asked what he would bring to the role, he said: "Just myself, I think actors are incredible people that put so much of themselves into roles and so each one is going to be really different. Each Doctor that’s gone before has been so incredibly talented and so incredibly brilliant, I don’t know how I’m going to follow in their footsteps but I’m going to try my best."

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