Neil Patrick Harris announced as latest addition to Doctor Who cast

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American actor Neil Patrick Harris has joined the cast of Doctor Who to play the “greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced” and is filming scenes set to air next year.

The news came after it was announced that Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa, 29, will become the 14th Doctor on the popular BBC series, after Jodie Whittaker revealed last July that she would be leaving the show.

Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has confirmed Patrick Harris will be joining the cast as a villain.

Following the BBC’s announcement, Davies wrote on Instagram: “Neil Patrick Harris, welcome to Cardiff! Playing the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced.

“Such a great actor, such a great man, it’s an honour and a hoot. Have fun! @nph @bbcdoctorwho Ha!”

Patrick Harris also joins newcomer Yasmin Finney, who is to take on the role of Rose. Finney recently gained recognition for her role of Elle Argent in Netflix hit Heartstopper.

The new cast are filming scenes that are due to air in 2023 as part of the show’s 60th anniversary.

The name of Patrick Harris’ character, and any further details about his new role, are yet to be confirmed.

Speaking about the sci-fi show’s new arrival, Davies said: “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!”

Ncuti Gatwa
Ncuti Gatwa (Ian West/PA)

Queer As Folk and It’s A Sin writer Davies is returning as the programme’s showrunner after departing in 2009.

Davies, who was responsible for Doctor Who’s revival in 2005, will be back to celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary in 2023, the BBC previously said.

He worked with Patrick Harris on hit Channel 4 mini-drama It’s A Sin, in which the American star portrayed Savile Row tailor Henry Coltrane.

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