UPDATE — May 17, 2022: Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney has been cast in Doctor Who and honestly, can this cast get any better?

The BBC announced Finney would be joining the cast as a character called Rose. That’s a pretty iconic character choice given Billie Piper played the legendary Rose Tyler during David Tennant’s run as the Doctor. Finney’s character being called Rose can only mean good things IMO.

“Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another Rose?” show-runner Russel T. Davies said in a statement as per Empire.

“You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the Doctor Who set.

“We all fell in love with her in Heartstopper, one of those shows which changes the world — and now Yasmin can change the Whoniverse!”

In Heartstopper Yasmin Finney plays the character of Elle Argent.

There’s a chance Finney could have a role in the 60th anniversary special. But some fans are speculating she could be the main companion to Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor Who.

Finney also spoke about how excited she was to be cast, highlighting the significance of the role for her as a trans woman.

“If anyone would have told eight-year-old Yasmin that one day she’d be part of this iconic show, I would have never in a million years believed them,” she said in a statement.

“This show has a place in so many people’s hearts, so to be seen as a trans actress by the legend himself Russell, has not only made my year, it’s made my life.

“I cannot wait to begin this journey and for you all to see how Rose blossoms. Get Ready.”

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Truly galactic-level good news there. I can’t wait to see Finney absolutely kill it — frankly 2023 can’t come soon enough.


May 16, 2022

David Tennant has been locked in for a Doctor Who comeback more than ten years after he graced our screens as the Tenth Doctor. And he’s returning with everyone’s favourite accidental companion, Catherine Tate.

Huge news for Doctor Who fans (particularly those who were obsessed between 2005 and 2010) — these are two of the biggest names from the modern iteration of the show.

There’s not much more we know about the big return of one of the best Time Lords to do it (so far). Deadline reported that their scenes will air next year when the British sci-fi show turns 60.

“It looks impossible,” returning showrunner Russel T Davies said.

“First, we announce a new Doctor, and then an old Doctor, along with the wonderful Donna, what on earth is happening? Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback.

“The only thing I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime.”

All we can say right now is ALLONS-Y!


May 9, 2022

Breakout Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa has been cast as the next lead in Doctor Who, making him the first Black actor to play the lead role in the long-running British sci-fi series.

The 29-year-old Scottish actor teased his casting by dropping two hearts plus a blue square on his Insta, representing the Doctor’s Tardis, a time-travelling police telephone box.

Gatwa, who was born in Rwanda, later confirmed the news via BBC’s statement.

“A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared,” he said.

“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 utmost to do the same.”

Ncuti takes the reins from Jodie Whittaker who was the first female Doctor.

We will see Ncuti play the 14th incarnation of the Time Lord next year, according to the BBC.

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