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Neil Patrick Harris drops new detail about his ‘posh’ Doctor Who villain

The series is set to air in 2023.

By Alastair James

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Instagram/@nph and wiki

Neil Patrick Harris has dropped a hint for us about his role as the villain in the upcoming Doctor Who 60th anniversary series, set to air next year.

He was announced to be joining the cast of the Russell T Davies run show in June, when the How I Met Your Mother actor posted an image of himself in costume saying he would “try my hardest to do my worst. This Doctor has no idea what’s in store,” in reference to his role as the Timelord’s “greatest enemy”.

In an interview with Wired, NPH dropped a new detail for us about what we may, or may not, be able to expect from his dastardly character. 

Answering the question: “what is Neil Patrick Harris doing these days?” the actor-magician, 49, says: “I was just in London filming an episode special for Doctor Who where I play someone I’m not allowed to talk about. And I had to have a posh British accent… Or did I?”

He doesn’t give us much, but like a true magician, he keeps us guessing.

Elsewhere in the interview, he teases more about Ncuti Gatwa’s version of the Timelord saying it’ll be “super dope”. Previously NPH said of Gatwa’s Doctor, “He’ll be the first gay Doctor, which is going to be super cool, a sexier Doctor.”

In the 60th-anniversary series, which will air in 2023, Harris will be joined by Sex Education‘s Ncuti Gatwa as well as Heartstopper‘s Yasmin Finney who will be playing a trans character called Rose.

Recently, she told Attitude that we can expect “a really heartfelt” story for her character. Of Rose, the actress compared her to her Heartstopper character, Elle Argent.

“She is younger than Elle. Rose is still finding her feet in terms of her identity. And the storyline is so fluid and beautiful.”

Former stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate are set to return having previously played the Doctor and his assistant, Donna respectively. 

The Attitude September/October issue is out now.