Yasmin Finney, Elle Argent from Netflix’s Heartstopper, has been cast in BBC’s Doctor Who. The information was released on Monday (16) by the channel itself, which recently also announced Ncuti Gatwa, from Sex Education, as a new version of the Doctor, being the first black actor to play the character.
The Doctor Who special with Finney and Gatwa is scheduled to premiere in 2023 and is expected to coincide with the 60th birthday of the mysterious figure who is able to travel through time and space with a spaceship. According to information from ColliderFinney will play Rose, however, it is not yet known if she will also be a new version of the character, as Billie Piper also played a Rose when the series “Doctor Who” premiered in 2005. There are also no details if the actress is will become fixed from the 14th season, which should arrive after the special episodes.
“How can there be another Rose? You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the set of ‘Doctor Who’. We all fell in love with her on ‘Heartstopper’, it’s one of those shows that changes the world – and now Yasmin can change the Whoniverse!” said series showrunner Russell T. Davies.
Finney’s casting also represents a huge leap forward for trans actors. Even though she is not the first trans actress to embark on the series, she celebrated her entry and mentioned the importance of this visibility.
“If someone had told 8-year-old Yasmin that she would one day be a part of this iconic show, I would never have believed in a million years. This show has a place in so many people’s hearts, so being seen as a trans actress by legend Russell himself [T. Davies], not only made my year, it made my life. I can’t wait to start this journey and for all of you to see how Rose blooms. Get ready,” celebrated Finney.
The BBC has yet to reveal a release date for the special or the 14th season of “Doctor Who”.
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