On the heels of the massive announcement that David Tennant and Catherine Tate will return for the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who in 2023, Yasmin Finney has been tapped as the newest cast member of the hit series! The long running sci-fi drama recently underwent a cast change as the current Doctor, Jodie Whitaker, will be leaving the show after a series of specials this year. New Doctor Ncuti Gatwa will take over in 2023 alongside Finney as the mysterious new character Rose, who may or may not have a connection to beloved companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). Finney shared a cryptic photo to her Instagram that already has fans buzzing with theories. Showrunner Russell T. Davies added fuel to the fire by teasing, “How can there be another Rose?” in his statement on Finney’s casting.
Finney has recently earned rave reviews for her role as trans teenager Elle in Netflix’s global phenomenon Heartstopper. In a statement regarding her casting, she called her new role on Doctor Who a dream role for her younger self: “If anyone would have told 8 year old Yasmin that one day she’d be part of this iconic show, I would have never in a million years believed them. 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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