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‘It’s a massive moment’: how Ncuti Gatwa will shake up Doctor Who

What does it really mean to have the first black Time Lord? Writers Tade Thompson and Jenny Colgan and director Mark Tonderai on why he’ll alter the whole Whoniverse Doctor Who changes lives. For science fiction writer Tade Thompson, an episode from his childhood was so scary that it went on to inspire one of his books several decades later. Jenny Colgan was such a fan that even boys couldn’t get in the way of her eventually writing Doctor Who novels. And as the first black director of a Who episode, Mark Tonderai still remembers the huge sense of responsibility he felt handling its Rosa Parks storyline. Now it’s about to change the life of Ncuti Gatwa, the first black male to be cast as the Doctor. What do our panel make of the news – and how might it change the show? Continue reading...

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