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Multi-award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris is scheduled to encounter a supposed time-traveling alien with two hearts.
On Tuesday, the BBC revealed that the actor is part of the Doctor Who cast and is now filming scenes that will premiere in 2023, 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 also appeared on several TV shows, such as It’s a Sin, with Davies as the writer and creator.
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.
Harris’s involvement is the most recent news of the Doctor Who casting announcements. It announced in May that Davies recruited Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa to portray the Doctor following the show’s current actor, Jodie Whittaker’s expected departure this year.
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.
In an interview with EW last year, Whittaker talked about filming the scene in which her Thirteenth Doctor evolves into the newest 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.”