Neil Patrick Harris announced as Doctor Who’s ultimate villain for the 60th anniversary season

Publish Date
Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 3:01PM

Doctor Who's next villain is going to be legen — wait for it — dary!

Because Neil Patrick Harris is set to step aboard the TARDIS for the show's 60th-anniversary season in 2023.

Announcing the news, Harris took to Instagram to give fans their first glimpse at his upcoming mystery role.

Sporting an apron, powdered wig, and pince-nez spectacles, his fierce-looking scowl suggests that this character is anything but friendly.

In fact, showrunner Russell T. Davies claims that Harris is playing "the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced."

In a statement, Davies said: "It's my huge honour to open our studio doors for the mighty Neil Patrick Harris… but who, why, what is he playing?

"You'll just have to wait. But I promise you, the stuff we're shooting now is off the scale. Doctor beware!" 

Of course, Harris isn't the only new face joining the cast of Doctor Who.

The upcoming season will also introduce Ncuti Gatwa as the Fourteenth Doctor - who is taking the reigns from Jodie Whittaker when she leaves the show at the end of 2022 - and Yasmine Finney as another new character named Rose.

Additionally, David Tennant and Catherine Tate will reprise their fan-favourite roles as the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble, respectively.

Other actors who have portrayed the shape-shifting Time Lord since the show's return in 2005 include Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.

Doctor Who is currently shooting in Wales and will air its new season sometime next year.