Back in the United States, Neil Patrick Harris has been discussing his role on Doctor Who, and the “amazing” Ncuti Gatwa
Doctor Who 60th Anniversary villain Neil Patrick Harris has revealed more about his role in interviews this week. Talking to Variety he explained how his casting came about, while describing the Doctor’s new enemy as a “delicious” part.
“I get a text from Russell T Davies,” began the It’s A Sin and Uncoupled actor, “saying, ‘So I’m doing this thing and I’ve written a thing and there’s a part in it that you might like. I think it’s delicious. Is it OK if I send it to you?’
“And I say, ‘Of course Russell, you’re Russell T Davies. Of course.’ And he sent it and I started reading it and from the very, very first scene I was like, ‘Ah, this is delicious’.
“It’s a great, fun part in ways that I’m not allowed to discuss right now, but I had to say yes. I’m trying to do less and I’m now committing to more, but I think with Russell, it would be a bad call to say no creatively to him.”
Harris also revealed that he met the “glorious” new Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa during filming. Though it’s unclear if that means that Gatwa appears on screen during Harris’ episodes.
“I got to meet and interact with him a bit and he’s glorious,” he said, “He’ll be the first gay Doctor, which is going to be super cool, a sexier Doctor.”
Harris also talked to The View’s Whoppi Goldberg about the decision to release that striking first look at his character
Meanwhile, our new bad guy also appeared on American panel show The View, where Neil Patrick Harris again praised Gatwa, calling him “amazing” and “very sexy,” while predicting “he’ll be a great Doctor.” While they had him there, the show’s resident Doctor Who fan Whoopi Goldberg took the opportunity to ask him about the 60th Anniversary.
Discussing that photograph that originally announced his part, Harris revealed that it was actually an ad hoc selfie he took on set! “That picture [of] myself; that’s a selfie that I took,” he said, explaining that “we kind of wanted to beat the story, that people didn’t leak the fact that I was going to be part of it, and so [Russell T Davies] said ‘Should we, like, just say something on Instagram?’ And I said ‘Sure, here’s a picture,’“
However, the actor remains tight lipped about everything else to do with the production. “I’m not allowed to say much,” was his predictable response to questions about the story. “I’m not allowed to talk about my character. It’s not going to come out for a little while, but that’s a really fun sandbox in which to play.”
Doctor Who returns this October with Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the Doctor, ahead of the 60th Anniversary celebrations next year