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Neil Patrick Harris to star in Doctor Who

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Neil Patrick Harris is appearing in Doctor Who next year credit:Bang Showbiz
Neil Patrick Harris is appearing in Doctor Who next year credit:Bang Showbiz

Neil Patrick Harris is appearing in Doctor Who next year.

The BBC today (13.06.22) announced the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ actor is already filming scenes set to air in 2023 as part of the show’s 60th anniversary.

But show bosses are keeping his role under wraps.

Showrunner Russell T Davies, 59, said in a statement: “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!”

US actor Harris – who also famously starred in ‘Doogie Howser, M. D.’ and has girl and boy twins with his actor partner David Burtka, 47 – will join the new Doctor, Nouti Gatwa.

The 29-year-old is taking the reins from Jodie Whittaker, 39, when she leaves her role as the two-hearted Tardis time-traveller at the end of this year.

There has been speculation Davies’ statement has hinted at a villainous role for Harris, who played evil Count Olaf in ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’.

Gatwa said he was “deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared” to become the next Doctor.

Gatwa’s ‘Barbie’ co-star Simu Liu, 33, said that the actor needed to hire protection after news of his casting due to show’s avid fandom.

He added to Variety: “He had to get security in and around not only his place of residence, but the places of residence of his entire family.”

Other actors who have portrayed the shape-shifting Time Lord since the show’s return in 2005 include Christopher Eccleston, 58, David Tennant, 51,Matt Smith, 39, and Peter Capaldi, 64.

Hugh Grant, 61, earlier this year dismissed a report by the Mirror he was “in talks” to replace Whittaker, saying: “Nothing against Dr W but I'm not. No idea where the story came from.”

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