Queer as Folk creator Russell T Davies has shut down anti-LGBTQIA+ haters ahead of Yasmin Finney’s upcoming Doctor Who debut. 

Back in 2022, the BBC announced that the Heartstopper star had joined the long-running series as a new Rose. 

“This show has a place in so many people’s hearts, so to be seen as a trans actress by the legend himself, Russell [T Davies], has not only made my year, it’s made my life,” she said in a statement following her casting.

Davies echoed similar sentiments in an additional statement at the time.

“Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder – how can there be another Rose? You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin to the Doctor Who set,” he teased.

On 25 November, Finney will finally make her Doctor Who debut in the show’s highly anticipated 60th-anniversary specials. 

In addition to the popular Drag Race UK guest judge, the three-episode event will feature the return of David Tennant as the 14th Doctor, Neil Patrick Harris as the Toymaker and Catherine Tate reprising her role as Donna Noble.

With the premiere just around the corner, Davies opened up to the press about the new episodes and Finney’s groundbreaking inclusion.

“It’s something that’s not just a Doctor Who thing for me. It’s something I and a lot of other writers are keen to do – to be progressive, to reflect more of society,” he explained (via Metro).

“It’s funny, in casting Yasmin, there was this 15-year-old mixed-race [trans girl] – there are very few people who fit the casting, and it’s like she came down from Heaven, and there she was.” 


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Towards the end of his statement, Davies slammed the anti-trans bigots who have opposed Finney’s casting, describing them as “full of absolute hate, and venom, and destruction and violence.”  

He added: “Shame on you, and good luck to you in your lonely lives.” 

Davies’ recent comments come a few months after the BBC teased new information about Finney’s mysterious new character while honouring the young starlet’s birthday.

“Welcome to the #DoctorWho family, Rose Noble. Wishing a very happy birthday to Yasmin Finney, whose character Rose is the daughter of companion Donna Noble (played by Catherine Tate) and Shaun Temple (Karl Collins),” they wrote on Instagram. 

In addition to her family backstory, the announcement also gave a small hint regarding Rose’s exciting adventure ahead.

“So the question is, what happens when Rose meets one of her mum’s oldest friends? It is a mystery for now, but what we do know is that just like her mother, Rose stumbles across something alien – and from that point her seemingly ordinary family is never quite the same,” the BBC added in an additional tweet. 

Check out the latest trailer for Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary specials below.