Before the TARDIS, Yasmin Finney steps on to “Planet Joy” with Drag Race UK Series Five

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK have announced that Doctor Who’s Yasmin Finney will be one of the new guest judges. Series Five of the competitive reality show, in which the best drag artists the UK has to offer go head to head for the Drag Race crown across ten weeks this Autumn. And Finney, whose Rose debuts in The Star Beast, is among the stellar line up of guest judges. Other guest judges this year will include Aisling Bea (Eve of the Daleks), Suranne Jones (The Doctor’s Wife) and Cush Jumbo (Torchwood: Children of Earth). They’ll all be appearing on the panel alongside regular judges RuPaul Charles, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton.

Yasmin Finney said that filming the show “feels out of this world! I felt like I was on another planet during filming… Planet Joy!”

 

Yasmin Finney as Rose Noble, with Karl Collins as her father Shaun, and Jacqueline King, as her grandmother Sylvia. BBC Studios,Alistair Heap Doctor Who The Star Beast
Yasmin Finney as Rose Noble, with Karl Collins as her father Shaun, and Jacqueline King, as her grandmother Sylvia. BBC Studios,Alistair Heap

Meanwhile, we know more about who Finney’s Rose is, and if we can expect to see more of her

The Drag Race reveal adds to a busy couple of weeks, news-wise, for Finney. The BBC Studios team finally confirmed what so many fans had guessed that it felt like it had already been announced. Yasmin Finney is playing Rose Noble, the daughter of Donna Noble and her husband Shaun Temple, granddaughter of Sylvia Noble. And, of course, it means she’s the great-granddaughter of Bernard Cribbins’ Wilfred Mott. (Those undoubtedly heart warming moments between Wilf and Rose are high up on Blogtor Who’s anticipation list)

Meanwhile the Production Notes feature in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine casually dropped the news that Finney had wrapped filming as Rose only days before Series Fourteen itself finished up. Up until now, Doctor Who fans had only known for sure that Rose would be in the 60th Anniversary specials. Hopes that she would return alongside Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor were just that: hopes. But unless she was filming some very late in the day pick-up shots for the 60th, it seems nearly certain now that we will be seeing more of Yasmin Finney next year.

 

Doctor Who 60th Anniversary poster (c) BBC Studios
Doctor Who 60th Anniversary poster (c) BBC Studios

Drag Race UK Series Five is expected to premiere on BBC Three later this month, while Doctor Who returns to BBC One in November with The Star Beast

 

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