You know, the people who yell “Woke!” at every tiny thing are just as idiotic and annoying as those who can find racism in a cup of coffee, or think hurty words on the internet are violence, and that humor is the work of the patriarchy. However, sometimes with entertainment, something is so hilariously “on message” that the tag of wokeness simply cannot be denied. A statement is being made by people who think it is important. The new iteration of Doctor Who is clearly in this category now.
Yasmin Finney, a cast member on Netflix’s Heartstopper, has scored the key role of Rose Tyler in the upcoming Doctor Who 60th anniversary special. “But wait!” we hear you cry. “Isn’t this Rose Tyler?”
Yes. Yes it is… or was. Popstar and actress Billie Piper played Rose Tyler for the Ecclestone series and half of the Tennant run as the Doctor. She also returned for the 50th Anniversary story The Day Of The Doctor.
The new Rose Tyler, Yasmin Finney, initially gained prominence through her videos on TikTok about her experiences as a Black transgender teenager. Finney is from Manchester. She participated in a number of local theatre productions growing up, including in the University of Manchester’s Sackville Theatre.
David Tennant and Catherine Tate are already confirmed as returning for the new 60th special alongside Ncuti Gatwa as the latest incarnation of the Doctor.
Obvious questions spring to mind about this casting as Rose, an already-established character in the series. New showrunner Russell T. Davies promises all will be revealed and has this to say:
“Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another Rose? You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the Doctor Who set. We all fell in love with her in Heartstopper, one of those shows which changes the world – and now Yasmin can change the Whoniverse!”
It’s not clear yet if the character of Rose will go on to be the new companion full-time, or if Finney will just appear in the 60th-anniversary special which will air sometime next year.