Actress Yasmin Finney has officially joined the cast of “Doctor Who.” Finney has gained a lot of critical praise as Elle Argent on the Netflix series “Heartstopper,” which is based on Alice Oseman‘s beautiful Webtoon.
Finney will be playing a character named Rose, and is currently filming scenes for the 2023 series. Fellow Netflix series alum Ncuti Gatwa (“Sex Education“) was recently named as the new Doctor.
The upcoming season will also mark the show’s 60th anniversary, a milestone that that will be celebrated with the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate. The pair will be reprising their roles of The Doctor and his companion Donna Noble, respectively. The two portrayed these characters from 2005 to 2010.
And speaking of reprising roles there is no word on if Finney’s character Rose has anything to do with Rose Tyler, originally played by Billie Piper.
“Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another Rose? You’ll find out in 2023,” Showrunner Russell T. Davies said. “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!”
Regardless if she is playing Rose Tyler or not, Finney seems thrilled with joining the cast of “Doctor Who.”
“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.”
“Doctor Who” is currently streaming on HBO Max, Fubo, Sling, and Brit Box.