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Doctor Who: BBC Shuts Down Yasmin Finney/Rose-Transgender Haters

BBC responded to those who complained about the inclusion of Yasmin Finney's transgender character Rose Noble in Doctor Who "The Star Beast."

One of the pieces of good news coming out of the Ncuti Gatwa (Fifteenth Doctor) & Millie Gibson (Ruby Sunday)-starring Doctor Who Christmas Special "The Church on Ruby Road" was the trailer for the next series of adventures that confirmed the return of Yasmin Finney's (Heartstopper) Rose Noble. What makes that news even sweeter is knowing just how much it bothered the folks behind the 144 messages sent to the BBC after the anniversary episode "The Star Beast" aired complaining that it was "inappropriate" for Finney's transgender character to appear in the special and that the move was "anti-male." Just to put it in perspective? When you consider that 7.6M folks watched the episode, we're talking about a complaint pool that comprises a little less than 0.00189474% of the total viewership – but even to the sad, small group of haters, the BBC had a message. "As regular viewers of 'Doctor Who' will be aware, the show has and will always continue to proudly celebrate diversity and reflect the world we live in. We are always mindful of the content within our episodes," read the statement on the BBC's complaints site.

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Doctor Who: RTD Posts 2024 Christmas Special Tease

Taking to Instagram on New Year's Eve, Davies offered wishes for a happy new year by teasing a look at the TARDIS on one of the sets from the 2024 Christmas Special – with this tantalizing tease: "But what terrible secrets does it hide..?" Previously, we learned that Nicola Coughlan (Derry Girls, Bridgerton) is guest-starring in the holiday event – so at least we have some clues coming together. "Happy New Year's Eve! And the point is – there, right behind us, that's one of the sets from the Christmas 2024 episode of Doctor Who! The future! Right there ♥️ But what terrible secrets does it hide..? (etc)," Davies wrote in his post – here's a look:

And here's a look back at the teaser trailer that was released on Christmas Day for Season 1, with Doctor Who set to return to BBC, BBC iPlayer & Disney+ screens in May 2024:

Doctor Who: Looking Ahead to Series 14/Series 1 & Series 15/Series 2

A big update on Christmas Day, with the official teaser & press release for Season 1 confirming Yasmin Finney returning as Rose Noble. Along with Jemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart), Aneurin Barnard (Roger ap Gwilliam), and Jack Forsyth-Noble (Will), Doctor Who Magazine #589 also confirmed that Bhav Joshi (Wedding Season), Eilidh Loan (Traces), Pete MacHale (Gangs of London), Miles Yekinni (Slow Horses), and Hemi Yeroham (Mamma Mia!) have joined the cast for the new series. In addition, Jinkx Monsoon (RuPaul's Drag Race) was also confirmed to have joined the cast – followed by Jonathan Groff (Glee, Mindhunter) and Indira Varma (Obsession, Game of Thrones) – as The Duchess – in May 2023.

Bonnie Langford was confirmed to be returning as Melanie Bush in June 2023, along with Lenny Rush (Am I Being Unreasonable) as Morris. In early August 2023, we also learned that Gemma Arrowsmith (Gemma Arrowsmith Sketched Out) and Mary Malone (Vera, The Prince) had joined the Christmas Special – while Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy (Hollyoaks) and Billy Brayshaw (Still So Awkward) had joined the Series 14 cast. In November 2023, we also learned that Nicola Coughlan (Derry Girls, Bridgerton) was set to guest star in the 2024 Christmas Special. On the writing side, we learned late last month that Kate Herron (Loki, Sex Education) & Briony Redman (Pont Brec) had co-written the episode that Groff and Varma are starring in during the upcoming series.

And here's a look at composer Murray Gold, Segun Akinola, and the BBC National Orchestra performing our upcoming Doctor's new theme – along with some words from RTD near the end:

Here's a look back at a video showcasing Gold & Akinola's new take on the Doctor Who theme:

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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