Yasmin Finney, who’ll be appearing alongside David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Doctor Who later this year, talked about her experiences filming alongside the two actors for the round of specials to commemorate the show’s 60th anniversary. She’ll be playing a character called, ironically, Rose (not to confuse them with Billie Piper’s companion).
In an interview with Elle (thanks to a story from Digital Spy), Finney praised her time on set. “I didn’t go to drama school, I’m kind of learning on the job,” Finney explained, who previously starred in Heartstopper. “I went on the set, and I sort of sat back. I just wanted to see how they all do it.”
“It was just amazing to watch TV gold on set. David Tennant and Catherine Tate are two amazing, amazing actors,” she added. “I grew up watching Doctor Who, watching David Tennant and Catherine Tate. That was my era in 2003. It’s crazy to be on a show that deeply has a lot of history with me. It’s just really, really fab.”
Finney described the “complete shift” from working on Heartstopper to “fighting aliens” in Doctor Who. “With Heartstopper, you’ve got this amazing friendship group and you’re a young trans woman trying navigate the world around you, and then in Doctor Who, you’ve got this amazing family, which I’m not going to talk too much about” she said.
“One goes into family and one goes into friendship, and I guess they both go hand in hand. It’s just that one of the shows is sci-fi, Doctor Who, and one of them is Heartstopper.”
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