Fans were ecstatic to learn that Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa will be featured as the new lead in Doctor Who. The 29-year-old will be the 14th Time Lord on the sci-fi show and the first person of colour to play the lead role.
However, British conservative political commentator and GB News host Darren Grimes had a snarky bone to pick with BBC's decision. Taking to Twitter, Grimes penned: "The BBC has gone for a black and gay man to be the next Doctor Who, it's a shame they couldn't find anyone that was also trans to really tick the right boxes."
Grimes had already deleted the tweet, but it was too late. Fellow Twitter users were riled up by his controversial take, calling his response "shameful and disgusting."
The host later followed up online, saying: "I see Twitter is saying ‘Darren Grimes is homophobic’ now. You people claim to be campaigning against hate, yet must be some of the most hateful, spite-driven people to walk the planet. Get a life. Get out more."
Darren Grimes however did manage to tick the boxes for Racism, Transphobia and homophobia...\n\n#GBNews presenters. Always giving you Bigotry in the most ergonomic way possible...\n\n#DoctorWhohttps://twitter.com/ACoded_Word/status/1523323067769901062\u00a0\u2026
GB News presenter Darren Grimes tweeted then deleted this, a shameful and disgusting response to Ncuti Gatwa being cast as the new #DoctorWho.\nRwandan-Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa's casting should be celebrated. We must stand firmly against hate-fuelled rhetoric. pic.twitter.com/SgxyV1JQC2
— Birmingham Against LGBTQI Hate (@Birmingham Against LGBTQI Hate)
Others, however, were ecstatic about the new casting including fellow GB News presenter Tom Harwood who said: "Cool choice! One that might actually get me back watching."
Another joked: "I ain’t watched a single episode of Dr Who in my life but I will be tuning in to every single time for Ncuti Gatwa, someone just needs to catch me up on the plot for the past 6 decades."
Taking to the red carpet for Sunday's Bafta TV Awards, Gatwa said the role of the Doctor "means a lot to so many people, including myself".
He added: "I feel very grateful to have had the baton handed over and I'm going to try to do my best."
Gatwa will make his debut as the Time Lord next year.
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