Doctor Who casts Neil Patrick Harris in an undisclosed but likely villainous role for their 60th anniversary and reveals a first look image of his character. Next year the long-running sci-fi series will celebrate its 60th anniversary, and the BBC has some big plans to mark the occasion. This anniversary is also coinciding with a regeneration between Doctors as Jodie Whittaker is set to leave the role of the 13th Doctor in her next special and Ncuti Gatwa will take over as the 14th Doctor.
While the current Doctor is changing faces, a former Doctor and his companion are also set to appear for the 60th anniversary. David Tennant and Catherine Tate are both returning to Doctor Who, though it’s still unclear if they’re playing the same versions of the 10th Doctor and Donna Noble. Doctor Who has also cast Yasmin Finney as a new version of Rose for the 60th anniversary, raising even more questions about what’s actually going on with this multi-Doctor adventure. Now, yet another name is joining Doctor Who to film some anniversary scenes.
Neil Patrick Harris is joining the cast of Doctor Who for the 60th anniversary in an as-of-yet undisclosed but likely villainous role. According to the BBC, Harris is joining the series to film “scenes set to air in 2023 as part of the show’s 60th anniversary.” Few other details were shared about his character at the time, but a first look image has been released (below) and oncoming showrunner Russell T. Davies had this to say of Harris’ casting:
“It’s my huge honour 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!”
On a post on his Instagram, Davies calls Harris’ character, “the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced,” confirming the role is in fact a villainous one. The line, “Doctor beware!,” and the glare Harris is giving the camera in this image certainly help to back that up. Otherwise, all that can be gleaned about Harris’ Doctor Who character is from his dress, which is a costume that looks like something a craftsman might wear. Maybe he’s a kind of toymaker, like an evil Geppetto. Harris has also commented on the casting on his Instagram, using the post to mock the Doctor, saying: “This Doctor has no idea what’s in store. And even if he does… Who cares? Ha ha ha HA ha-ha-ha!”
Clearly, the Doctor will be facing off against Harris’ character for the 60th anniversary – but which Doctor? Is this a character who will antagonize Gatwa’s 14th Doctor or Tennant’s 10th? It’s still unclear exactly how multiple Doctors and their companions are factoring into this story for the 60th anniversary. In fact, it’s not even being referred to as a special of its own, but rather “scenes set to air”, suggesting these scenes will come within episodes of Doctor Who season 14. As filming continues, however, and more set photos get snapped, there may yet be more revealed about Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary plans.
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