Jodie Whittaker Reveals Her Advice For Next Doctor Who Actor Ncuti Gatwa

The Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, offered advice to her new Time Lord replacement, Ncuti Gatwa.

“It’s up to you to take it,” said Whittaker, who is leaving the BBC series after four years, at a recent Doctor Who Q&A event, which SFX attended. Gatwa was announced as the 14th Doctor in May and, in accordance with the BBC (opens in a new tab)will debut in the role in 2023.

Whittaker added, “I certainly don’t give this phenomenal actor any advice! He doesn’t need it from me: it’s yours to own and you’ve earned it.”

Doctor Who also celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2023 and will mark the occasion by bringing back Tenth Doctor David Tennant and Ten’s former girlfriend Donna (Catherine Tate) for a new adventure. Russell T. Davies, who helped guide the reboot from 2005 until Tennant’s initial departure in 2010, will also serve as showrunner in the anniversary year.

Upon Tennant and Tate’s return, Davies said (H/T The Guardian (opens in a new tab)), “They’re back! And it seems impossible – first we’re announcing a new Doctor, then an old Doctor, plus the wonderful Donna. What the hell is going on? Maybe it’s a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a gimmick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our biggest stars reunite for the battle of their lives.”

The 60th anniversary will also feature Neil Patrick Harris arise as “the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced”.

Jodie Whittaker is set to make her final appearance in the upcoming special The Power of the Doctor, which airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on October 23 at 7.30pm.