There’s been speculation about who would play the fourteenth doctor on Doctor Who almost as early as when the first couple of episodes of Jodie Whittaker’s run began. Now, Whittaker is wrapping up her tenure as a time lord, and the BBC has announced that she’ll be regenerating into Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa.

Here’s what Gatwa had to say about inheriting the TARDIS.

“There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared. This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will endeavour my upmost to do the same. Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground. The entire team have been so welcoming and truly give their hearts to the show. And so as much as it’s daunting, I’m aware I’m joining a really supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show.”

Russel Davies, who was responsible for what many consider to be a golden age of Doctor Who with David Tennant as the 10th Doctor is not only back, but his production house has purchased the rights to Doctor Who from The BBC. Here’s what the once and current showrunner had to say about Gatwa’s casting:

“The future is here and it’s Ncuti! Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars. Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds. It’s an honour to work with him, and a hoot, I can’t wait to get started. I’m sure you’re dying to know more, but we’re rationing ourselves for now, with the wonderful Jodie’s epic finale yet to come. But I promise you, 2023 will be spectacular!”