Neil Patrick Harris reveals Ncuti Gatwa will play the first gay Time Lord in new Doctor Who series

‘He’ll be a sexier, super cool Doctor!’ Neil Patrick Harris reveals Ncuti Gatwa will play the first gay Time Lord in new Doctor Who series

Neil Patrick Harris has revealed Ncuti Gatwa will play the first gay Time Lord in the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

The actor, 49, who will appear in the BBC drama’s 60th-anniversary special, assured the 14th Doctor will be ‘sexy’ and ‘super cool’, in an interview with Variety.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed which character he will be playing, the How I Met Your Mother star is thought have signed up to play villain, the Celestial Toymaker.

'He'll be a sexier, super cool Doctor!' Neil Patrick Harris has revealed Ncuti Gatwa (pictured) will play the first gay Time Lord in the upcoming series of Doctor Who

‘He’ll be a sexier, super cool Doctor!’ Neil Patrick Harris has revealed Ncuti Gatwa (pictured) will play the first gay Time Lord in the upcoming series of Doctor Who

He said: ‘I got to meet and interact with him a bit and he’s glorious. He’ll be the first gay Doctor, which is going to be super cool, a sexier Doctor.’

Although Ncuti plays gay character Eric in Netflix’s Sex Education, he has never publicly discussed his own sexuality.

Transgender actress Yasmin Finney will also play companion Rose in the highly-anticipated 14th series of the cult sci-fi series, set for release in November 2023.

Exciting: The actor, 49, who will appear in the BBC drama's 60th-anniversary special, assured the 14th Doctor will be 'sexy' and 'super cool'

Exciting: The actor, 49, who will appear in the BBC drama’s 60th-anniversary special, assured the 14th Doctor will be ‘sexy’ and ‘super cool’

MailOnline has contacted the BBC for comment. 

In May, Ncuti was revealed as the brand new Time Lord in a shock announcement.

The actor’s Barbie co-star, Simu Liu, recently unveiled that Ncuti kept his casting a secret while filming the movie for two months.

Talented: Although Ncuti plays gay character Eric in Netflix's Sex Education, he has never publicly discussed his own sexuality (pictured in July 2022)

Talented: Although Ncuti plays gay character Eric in Netflix’s Sex Education, he has never publicly discussed his own sexuality (pictured in July 2022) 

It seems his cast mates, including co-stars Margot Robbie, Emma Mackey, and director Greta Gerwig, found out at the same time as everyone else.

While on tour for his new book We Are Dreamers, Simu shared that Ncuti ‘didn’t tell anyone a thing, explaining: ‘All of a sudden over the weekend he was announced. 

‘We came to work on Monday we were like “Dude, how long have you been holding this in for?”‘

Revealing that Ncuti replied ‘two months’, Simu jested that if it was him he ‘would’ve combusted’.

Detailing the extent of the publicity following the news, the actor added: ‘Ncuti had to get security in and around not only his place of residence, but the places of residence of his entire family.’

Ncuti is set to take over the role following Jodie Whittaker’s departure from the show at the end of 2022.

Coming soon: Transgender actress Yasmin Finney will also play companion Rose in the highly-anticipated 14th series of the cult sci-fi series, set for release in November 2023

Coming soon: Transgender actress Yasmin Finney will also play companion Rose in the highly-anticipated 14th series of the cult sci-fi series, set for release in November 2023 

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