Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney joins the cast of Doctor Who
Heartstopper actress Yasmin Finney has been announced as the latest cast member to join Doctor Who.
He will make her debut in scenes scheduled to air in 2023 to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary.
The BBC said Finney will play a character called Rose but didn’t confirm if she will debut as the new version of Billie Piper’s fan-favorite Rose Tyler.
Announcing the news, new showrunner Russell T Davies said: “Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another rose?
“You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome Yasmin to the set of Doctor Who.
“We all fell in love with her on Heartstopper, one of those shows that changes the world — and now Yasmin gets to change the Whoniverse.”
Speaking of joining the cast, Finney, who is transgender, said: “If anyone had told eight-year-old Yasmin that one day she would be part of this iconic show, I wouldn’t have believed them in a million years.
“This show holds a place in the hearts of so many people and to be seen as a trans actress by the legend Russell himself has not only changed my year, but my life.
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“I can’t wait to start this journey and show you all how Rose blossoms. Getting ready.”
Finney gained recognition for her portrayal of Elle Argent in Heartstopper – a Netflix coming-of-age drama about queer love.
The character of Rose was introduced into Doctor Who by Davies following his 2005 revival of the long-running science fiction program.
She was the doctor’s traveling companion and was originally played by Piper, a former child pop star-turned-actress.
The news that Finney will join the cast comes shortly after it was revealed that Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa will become the 14th doctor on the popular BBC series, after Jodie Whittaker announced last July that she was leaving the show.
The BBC has also confirmed that ex-actresses David Tennant and Catherine Tate will return.
The duo have reunited to film scenes to be aired next year to mark the anniversary celebrations.
Scottish actor Tennant, 51, first stepped into the Tardis in 2005 to play the 10th Time Lord, with his final episode airing on New Year’s Day 2010, with comedic actress Tate, 52, starring as companion Donna Noble .
Of the couple’s return, Davies said: “They’re back! And it looks impossible – first we’re announcing a new Doctor and then an old Doctor, along with the wonderful Donna, what on earth is happening?
“Maybe that’s a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback.
“The only thing I can confirm is that when two of our biggest stars reunite for the fight of their lives, it’s going to be spectacular.”
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