Yasmin Finney, best known as Elle Argent in Heartstopper, is joining the cast of Doctor Who. Most intriguingly, the 18-year-old will be playing a character called Rose. At this stage, it’s unclear if her role will bear any association with Rose Tyler – portrayed by Billie Piper. Russell T. Davies, who takes over from current showrunner Chris Chibnall in 2023, teased fans on the news.

“How can there be another Rose?” Russell T. Davies asks (per the BBC). “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,” Finney says in a statement, who is currently filming scenes for the sci-fi drama expected to air next year.

Speaking about Doctor Who, Finney affirmed that the long-running sci-fi series “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.”

Davies hailed Heartstopper, currently streaming on Netflix, as “one of those shows which changes the world” and described the announcement as “an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the Doctor Who set.”

The news of Finney’s casting comes only a day after FlickLuster reported that David Tennant and Catherine Tate would return to Doctor Who for the 60th anniversary. For the time being, Jodie Whittaker’s final episode, the Centenary special, will air on November 23, 2022, the show’s 59th anniversary. 

Matt Strevens, the current executive producer for Doctor Whoteased that Whittaker’s “massive, feature-length” finale would provide lots of surprises for fans of all ages. For more Doctor Who content, take a look at Flickluster’s review for “Legend of the Sea Devils.”