Okay, things are getting timey-wimey over on Doctor Who. (Like, even more so than usual.) Following the announcement that David Tennant and Catherine Tate would return, returning showrunner Russell T. Davies dropped another bombshell: Yasmin Finney will play Rose.

“Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another Rose? You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the Doctor Who set,” Davies said. “We all fell in love with her in Heartstopper, one of those shows which changes the world – and now Yasmin can change the Whoniverse!”

So, is Finney playing a new version of companion Rose Tyler? Or just another character named Rose, that Davies is getting a little cheeky with announcing? It doesn’t look like clarification is coming anytime soon. So Whovians will be left to speculate on Finney’s role for now.

Finney recently starred in Netflix’s hit queer romance series Heartstopper. The actress shared her excitement to join Doctor Who:

“If anyone would have told eight-year-old Yasmin that one day she’d be part of this iconic show, I would have never in a million years believed them,” said Finney. “This show has a place in so many people’s hearts, so to be seen as a trans actress by the legend himself Russell, has not only made my year, it’s made my life. I cannot wait to begin this journey and for you all to see how Rose blossoms. Get Ready.”

Doctor Who also recently revealed the casting of the next Doctor; Ncuti Gawa will succeed Jodie Whittaker as the Fourteenth Doctor.

RTD seems keen to roll out teasers about Doctor Who lately, so check back to THS for more updates.

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