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Neil Patrick Harris Becomes Part of Doctor Who Cast

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Neil Patrick Harris, the multi-award-winning actor, will encounter a supposed time-traveling alien with two hearts.

The BBC announced on Tuesday that the actor had been cast in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who. They will be filming their scenes this week, and they’re expected to premiere sometime next year, the 60th year since the show was initially released. 

“It’s my huge honor to open our studio doors for the mighty Neil Patrick Harris… but who, why, what is he playing? You’ll just have to wait,” Russell T. Davies, the director of Doctor Who, said in a statement. 

“But I promise you, the stuff you, the stuff we’re shooting now, is off the scale. Doctor, beware!” 

Harris has been seen on several TV shows, such as It’s A Sin with Davies in the writer and creator role.

It is not often for famous American stars to make cameos on the British sci-fi show, but it is not unknown. Justin Chatwin appeared on the show during the 2016 Christmas special episode, and Goran Višnjić played Nikola Tesla on an episode in 2020. 

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The most recent news of the Doctor Who casting announcements has been a lot more interesting than one would expect. In May, Davies hired Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa to portray our favorite Time Lord after the series’ current actor, Jodie Whittaker, departs from the show. 

Merely days after that announcement, the BBC disclosed that former Doctor Who actors David Tennant and Catherine Tate would come back to the series the following year, adding that Yasmin Finney was joining the cast. 

Last year, in a recent interview with EW, Whittaker touched on the topic of filming the scene in which her Thirteenth Doctor evolves into another character version.

“It was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I’ve ever had,” she stated. “It’s a really bizarre feeling because it’s the best time I’ve ever had on a job, and I made the decision to leave it, so it’s a really strange thing to do to yourself. It feels like you’re giving yourself stitches – like, ‘Why have you done it?’

“But… it felt right. It was a wonderfully-celebratory-slash-grief-ridden day that I could spend with the family that I’d made. I suppose the best thing about it is that the episodes are still on. So, until they’re off, I don’t have to really get my head around the fact that it’s not my part.”

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