Yasmin Finney speaks of the “shivers” and “scares” of Doctor Who 60th

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Speaking to Elle magazine, Yasmin Finney spoke of the shivers, scares and laughs in the upcoming Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials.

“You can look forward to a lot of scary things. I think when you think of Doctor Who, you think of the scariest episode, the Weeping Angels. It’s the scariest episode in history and the most popular. I think in this series, I was scared when I saw some of the things. It’s shivers down your spine. But, I can’t tell you too much. What I can say is it is going to be full of scares, full of laughs, full of all of it.”

Finney related to Elle some of her experiences portraying Rose in Doctor Who.

“I didn’t go to drama school, I’m kind of learning on the job. 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. 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.”

“…in Doctor Who, you’ve got this amazing family, which I’m not going to talk too much about, but you’re fighting aliens and it’s just a complete shift. With Rose, she is very sure of herself and very confident.”

“To play a character with such history, even just the name, you’ve got that pressure instantly that I didn’t have with [my Heartstopper character] Elle. It was a complete mind-blowing experience when I got cast. I can’t really relive it because I was so in the moment. At first, [the show] had a code name, and then I found out what the show was and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve just been cast in Doctor Who.’ It’s a trans character as well, and it’s such a blessing as well to be able to play such a monumental character like Rose.”

The code name for Doctor Who production has since been discovered to be The Bridge. Casting calls for Rose referred to her as Lily, which is also a four-letter flower name.

Finney reiterated that, though they are not seen together in any footage from any of the Doctor Who 60th anniversary trailers, she and Fifteenth Doctor actor Ncuti Gatwa share some scenes.

“To act with Ncuti Gatwa is just amazing because we are both very young as well, and it’s just really nice to have that. He’s making history literally, and I’m just really happy to be a part of his world.”

So far, all the scenes featuring Rose in the trailers appear to be from the first Doctor Who 60th anniversary special, The Star Beast, starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor. If Ncuti Gatwa is in The Star Beast, there is something unusual going on for the Fourteenth-Fifteenth Doctor regeneration. If the regeneration happens in the third and last Doctor Who 60th anniversary special, The Giggle, that would mean Finney portrays Rose is in The Giggle as well.

Doctor Who will return in November 2023 with three 60th anniversary specials starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor and Catherine Tate as companion Donna Noble titled The Star Beast, Wild Blue Yonder and The Giggle.

In the following festive period, Ncuti Gatwa will star in his first full Doctor Who episode as the Fifteenth Doctor in the Doctor Who festive special alongside Millie Gibson as companion Ruby Sunday.

A new 8-episode Doctor Who series starring Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor and Millie Gibson as Ruby will debut in 2024.