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How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris has joined the upcoming season of Doctor Who. 

On 13 June, showrunner Russell T Davies took to Instagram and teased that a new update regarding the show’s 14th season was on the way. 

“Wait. What? WHAT??! Incoming! Woooo! KLAXON!! Stand by your socials..!” he wrote alongside an image of two red hearts and a diamond. 

Shortly after uploading the post, Doctor Who enthusiasts took to the comment section and expressed their excitement over the mysterious news. 


Another follower commented: “AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! WHAT DOES THIS MEAN??????”

An hour after the director’s initial post, Davies finally announced that Harris would be joining the series. 

“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!” he wrote. 

The beloved writer also uploaded a photo that featured the Eden actor as the mysterious new Doctor Who villain. 

In an additional statement via The Independent, Davies revealed that fans would have to wait a bit longer to find out more details surrounding Harris’ character.

“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,” he said. 


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Harris also took to Instagram and shared his excitement over joining the long-running series.

“My current gig. Never looked more dashing. Thank you for inviting me into your Whoniverse, Russell T Davies,” he said. “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!”

The recent casting news comes a month after Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa was announced as the show’s 14th Doctor.

“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,” Gatwa said in a statement.

Two weeks after the landmark casting was revealed, Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney was added to the show as a new Rose.

“This show has a place in so many people’s hearts, so to be seen as a trans actress by the legend himself, Russell [T Davies], has not only made my year, it’s made my life,” Finney told the BBC on 17 May.

The new season of Doctor Who is set to premiere in 2023. 


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