You could say our hearts jumped in delight when we heard the latest Doctor Who casting news. Heartstopper‘s Yasmin Finney has joined the cast of Doctor Who. And we could not feel more excited to see more of this great actress in action. We loved Finney’s incredible performance in Heartstopper and she’ll be absolutely amazing as she takes on the world of Doctor Who.

Here’s what we know so far about Finney’s role, courtesy of showrunner Russell T Davies.

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. We all fell in love with her in Heartstopper, one of those shows which changes the world – and now Yasmin can change the Whoniverse!
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Another Rose! Rose is a common name. But Davies makes it sound like Yasmin Finney’s character doesn’t share the name coincidentally. Could we be looking at an alternate universe Rose? Or perhaps Finney holds the name Rose in tribute to Rose Tyler? And does Rose have anything to do with the reappearance of Donna Noble and the Tenth Doctor? Only time will tell. But we can’t wait to find out.

In the meanwhile, we will continue to enthuse over how much we love this casting—especially since Finney herself is so excited to join Doctor Who‘s universe.

She shares:

If anyone would have told 8 year old Yasmin that one day she’d be part of this iconic show, I would have never in a million years believed them. This show has a place in so many people’s hearts, so to be seen as a trans actress by the legend himself Russell, has not only made my year, it’s made my life. I cannot wait to begin this journey and for you all to see how Rose blossoms. Get Ready.

Doctor Who has previously cast trans actors, but not necessarily in prominent roles. We hope that Finney’s Rose changes that. As Finney notes, Doctor Who is a franchise that is so beloved by so many people. And everyone who loves the show deserve to feel seen.

Yasmin Finney is currently “filming scenes that are due to air in 2023 to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary.” We’ve already marked our calendars.