Doctor Who's Ncuti Gatwa named most powerful person on British television

Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa has been given the ultimate title as the most powerful person on British TV.

The BBC’s long running sci-fi favourite has showrunner Russell T Davies back at the helm, with David Tennant returning as the 14th Doctor later this year before the Sex Education actor, 30, takes over the TARDIS.

Ncuti topped the TV 100 power list and beat the likes of broadcaster Huw Edwards, who placed third for his role in announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022.

Speaking about the recognition, the Eric Effiong star said: ‘Being recognised for anything is just bloody lovely innit? Let alone being on the TV 100 list.

‘TV is on fire at the moment, and so to top the list as well feels extra cool.’

He continued: ‘The titans that have topped the list before me, people such as Russell T Davies, Michaela Coel, Jodie Whittaker, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman, are all inspirations to me, and their work is something I aspire to.

‘They’re just really great story tellers above all else, and that’s all I could want to do.’

Fans were devastated after Ncuti recently confirmed his departure from Netflix’s Sex Education.

He broke all our hearts when he revealed the news on Instagram this week, sharing a photo of his trailer door with Eric’s name on it.

‘Last day. Last time. Bye bubs, thank you for all the lessons and for all the strength,’ he wrote, while he shared a similar post on his Instagram Story and added: ‘Goodbye forever baby boy. Thank you all you taught me.’

Co-star Aimee-Lou Wood (Aimiee Gibbs) commented: ‘My heart hurts badly’.

‘Season 4 has to be the last because this show is nothing without you. Thank you for bringing Eric to life,’ wrote a disappointed viewer, while another fan looked to the future and said: ‘The doctor is in.’

Doctor Who returns to BBC One in November 2023.

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