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Another week, one other casting announcement for Doctor Who‘s 60th anniversary special that’s blowing the fandom’s minds. Joining new Doctor Ncuti Gatwa and returning Doctor David Tennant within the large birthday extravaganza is Neil Patrick Harris, with this Monday bringing confirmation that the How I Met Your Mother star is presently in Cardiff, Wales filming scenes for the very particular episode.
Harris, a uncommon main Hollywood visitor star within the British sci-fi collection, even shared a sneak peek at himself in costume as his mysterious character on Instagram. Likewise, showrunner Russell T. Davies — who beforehand labored with Harris on his acclaimed miniseries It’s a Sin — described The Matrix Resurrections actor as taking part in “the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced.”
Well, clearly he can’t simply say one thing like that with out getting the followers going, so ever because the information broke Whovians have been sharing their wildest theories on who Harris may very well be portraying within the sixtieth. Because this can be a celebratory episode, and since there’s nothing followers love greater than a returning favourite, most appear to assume Harris have to be taking part in somebody from the Time Lord’s previous.
The Master is clearly a well-liked pitch, with one Redditor suggesting Harris may very well be a youthful model of the Professor Yana incarnation.
But the Master could be too apparent, proper? So possibly he’s a gender-flipped incarnation of the Rani — a feminine Time Lord foe not seen because the Nineteen Eighties.
Easily the commonest idea going round, nonetheless, is that Harris has been solid because the Celestial Toymaker, a superpowerful cosmic entity launched in 1966. Think Who‘s version of Star Trek‘s Q.
Some folks are really thinking it through.
FYI, right here’s the unique Toymaker, as performed by Batman ’89 star Michael Gough.
Given Harris’ eccentric style selections, although, certainly it’s most probably that he’s taking part in… The Doctor himself.
Or even an incarnation of the Doctor’s darkish alternate self, the Valeyard (once more, not seen because the Nineteen Eighties).
Hey, possibly he’s truly an older Dr. Horrible?
No, wait, is that this a secret Series of Unfortunate Events crossover?
Seriously, although, why does he need to be a well-recognized character? What if Harris is portraying a brand new Time Lord enemy or possibly even an Eternal (not the Marvel variety).
The Doctor Who sixtieth anniversary particular received’t air till November 2023, however Jodie Whittaker’s ultimate episode continues to be to return this fall.