Neil Patrick Harris Just Joined The Cast Of… Doctor Who?!

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has a lot of versatility as an actor.

The actor, singer, writer, producer, and television host has won many accolades throughout his career including a Tony Award and five Primetime Emmy Awards. He’s also received nominations for a Grammy Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

It seems that BBC producers were looking for the best talent to add to the 60th anniversary special for “Doctor Who.”

Neil Patrick Harris Confirmed To Appear In ‘Doctor Who’ Anniversary Special

Neil Patrick Harris at The Matrix Resurrections - San Francisco Premiere

From “Starship Troopers” to “How I Met Your Mother,” fans would never have expected Neil Patrick Harris to join the cast of “Doctor Who,” but it looks like he has!

On Monday, the BBC’s Doctor Who Twitter account revealed that NPH is currently filming scenes scheduled to air in 2023 for the show’s 60th-anniversary special.

Neil Patrick Harris at The Matrix Resurrections - San Francisco Premiere

Russell T. Davies, who is making his return as showrunner, said in a statement, “It’s my huge honor to open our studio doors for the mighty Neil Patrick Harris… but who, why, what is he playing? You’ll just have to wait. But I promise you, the stuff we’re shooting now is off the scale. Doctor beware!”

From the sounds of it, it sounds like NPH might be playing a new reincarnation of the Master, which would be exciting to see!

Neil Patrick Harris in DOCTOR WHO
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Harris took to Instagram shortly after the announcement to share a photo of his character.

“My current gig. Never looked more dashing. Thank you for inviting me into your Whoniverse, @russelltdavies63,” he wrote in the caption. “I’ll try my hardest to do my worst. This Doctor has no idea what’s in store. And even if he does… Who cares? Ha ha ha HA ha-ha-ha! @bbcdoctorwho”

Russell T Davies commented, “We are honoured! So much fun! ❤️xxx”

Fortunately, that’s not the only new cast member that fans have to look forward to. As Jodie Whittaker’s run comes to a close, BBC has already announced a new Doctor!

Ncuti Gatwa Has Been Cast As The Newest Time Lord


Ncuti Gatwa is next in line to drive the iconic TARDIS.

Gatwa is a 29-year-old Rwandan-Scottish actor who was born in Rwanda. He appeared as Eric Effiong on Netflix’s “Sex Education,” which earned him a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in Television and three BAFTA Television Award nominations for Best Male Comedy Performance.

In a press release shared by the BBC, Gatwa said, “There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared. 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 upmost to do the same.”

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“Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground,” he continued.  “The entire team have been so welcoming and truly give their hearts to the show. And so as much as it’s daunting, I’m aware I’m joining a really supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show.”

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Russell T. Davies, who will return as showrunner next season, added, “The future is here and it’s Ncuti! Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars. Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds. It’s an honour to work with him, and a hoot, I can’t wait to get started.”

Madame Tussauds unveils waxwork of Dr Who star Jodie Whittaker

Yasmin Finney, who was a breakout star from Netflix’s “Heartstoppers,” is set to play a character named Rose, according to Deadline, which is the name of a character played by Billie Piper from 2005 to 2010.

Rose was the first Companion when “Doctor Who” started up again in 2005 with Chris Eccleston, the 9th Doctor. She stayed on opposite David Tennant when he came on as the 10th Doctor.

Yasmin Finney
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“How can there be another Rose?” Davies teased; however, it’s unclear if this is the same character from an alternate universe or simply another character that happens to share the same name.

Finney, who plays Elle Argent in “Heartstoppers, “will be one of the first transgender actors to appear in Doctor Who.”

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