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Doctor Who SPOILER: Neil Patrick Harris is pictured on set for the first time

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Neil Patrick Harris has been seen filming Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary for the first time after joining the cast as a mystery villain.

The It’s A Sin star, whose casting was announced on Monday, joined David Tennant and Catherine Tate to film explosive scenes which saw the streets of Bristol littered with alien debris.

Returning Who showrunner Russell T Davies confirmed earlier this week that Neil that Neil is set to join the cast as a new villain, who will face The Doctor in the Anniversary scenes which will air next year.

Here he is! Neil Patrick Harris has been seen filming Doctor Who's 60th Anniversary for the first time after joining the cast as a mystery villain, taking to the streets of Bristol for the explosive scenes on Wednesday

Here he is! Neil Patrick Harris has been seen filming Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary for the first time after joining the cast as a mystery villain, taking to the streets of Bristol for the explosive scenes on Wednesday 

Transforming into the Doctor’s sinister new adversary, Neil donned a 1920s-inspired 

Offering a new twist on his character’s famous look, David sported a brown tarten suit and a blue trench coat as he dashed along the street during the explosive scene.

Sporting The Doctor’s famous trainers, the Broadchurch star looked visibly shocked during the dramatic scenes as he witnessed the fallout of an explosion.

While one alley was completely littered with standard rubble, another was filled with more mysterious debris, hinting that a sinister alien invasion could be looming.

Dramatic: The It's A Sin star, whose casting was announced on Monday, joined a returning David Tennant on the set

Anticipated: He is set to reprise his role as the Tenth Doctor

Dramatic: The It’s A Sin star, whose casting was announced on Monday, joined a returning David Tennant on the set, who is reprising his role as the iconic Tenth Doctor

Here she is! Catherine Tate was later seen arriving on the set in the city, having surprised fans with news last month that she would be reprising her role as Donna Noble

Here she is! Catherine Tate was later seen arriving on the set in the city, having surprised fans with news last month that she would be reprising her role as Donna Noble

Back to work! David once again sported his character's iconic look to film scenes on location in the English city

 Back to work! David once again sported his character’s iconic look to film scenes on location in the English city

Who is playing? Offering hints around the identity of Neil's character, an unusual toy shop was erected on the Bristol street called Mr Emporium, with vintage board games and teddy bears seen in the window

Who is playing? Offering hints around the identity of Neil’s character, an unusual toy shop was erected on the Bristol street called Mr Emporium, with vintage board games and teddy bears seen in the window

Vintage: The unusual shop offers hints around the identity of Neil's character for Doctor Who's 60th Anniversary Special

Vintage: The unusual shop offers hints around the identity of Neil’s character for Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary Special

Happy? Between scenes David and Neil were in good spirits, despite having filmed an intense moment

At odds: The Doctor came face-to-face with his new adversary

Happy? Between scenes David and Neil were in good spirits, despite having filmed an intense moment where The Doctor came face-to-face with his new adversary

Viewers could be set to witness Planet Earth at the centre of another apocalyptic disaster, as one extra was stood on a podium brandishing the sign: ‘The End Is Nigh.’

While much of the street was kept in the present day, a mysterious toy shop had also been erected, and a peek into the window showed an array of wooden toys, board games and a cuddly bear.

Despite it being nine years since he last played the role for Who’s 50th Anniversary, David slipped back into the part like a glove as he filmed the solo scenes.

Enjoying yourself? David and Neil were seen chatting on the set during a break between scenes

Enjoying yourself? David and Neil were seen chatting on the set during a break between scenes

BOOM! For the exciting moment, one car was set ablaze for the aftermatch of a jaw-dropping explosion

BOOM! For the exciting moment, one car was set ablaze for the aftermatch of a jaw-dropping explosion

Stop! At one point David rushed to get between a dramatic exchange

Head to head! Neil's villain began his reign of terror

Stop! At one point David rushed to get between a dramatic exchange as Neil’s villain began his reign of terror

Who is he? On Monday BBC bosses gave fans their first look at the 60th Anniversary with a snap of Neil's character, describing him as 'the greatest villain The Doctor has ever faced'

Who is he? On Monday BBC bosses gave fans their first look at the 60th Anniversary with a snap of Neil’s character, describing him as ‘the greatest villain The Doctor has ever faced’

He's back! Donning his signature suit and trench coat, the actor once again transformed into the beloved Time Lord to film an explosive scene in Bristol

He’s back! Donning his signature suit and trench coat, the actor once again transformed into the beloved Time Lord to film an explosive scene in Bristol

Slipping back into it! Nine years after last playing The Doctor, David once again slipped back into the role

Arriving: He was seen filming for the anniversary, which will air in 2023

Slipping back into it! Nine years after last playing The Doctor, David once again slipped back into the role to film scenes for the anniversary, which will air in 2023

Transformation: Offering a new twist on his character's famous look, David sported a brown tarten suit and a blue trench coat as he dashed along the street during the explosive scene

Transformation: Offering a new twist on his character’s famous look, David sported a brown tarten suit and a blue trench coat as he dashed along the street during the explosive scene

What's going on? Sporting The Doctor's famous trainers, the Broadchurch star looked visibly shocked during the dramatic scenes as he witnessed the fallout of an explosion

What’s going on? Sporting The Doctor’s famous trainers, the Broadchurch star looked visibly shocked during the dramatic scenes as he witnessed the fallout of an explosion

BOOM! For the scenes, a car could be seen exploding on the Bristol street, sparking terror from Earthlings close to the chaos

BOOM! For the scenes, a car could be seen exploding on the Bristol street, sparking terror from Earthlings close to the chaos

What's happened? David cut a concerned figure as he got back into character to film more scenes for the anniversary, building anticipation among fans

What’s happened? David cut a concerned figure as he got back into character to film more scenes for the anniversary, building anticipation among fans

Here's Donna! Catherine, who last played The Doctor's companion in 2010, sported a pink and orange striped jumper

Casual: She sported a grey baseball cap as she filmed the scenes

Here’s Donna! Catherine, who last played The Doctor’s companion in 2010, sported a pink and orange striped jumper and a grey baseball cap as she filmed the scenes in the middle of the city.

Catherine Tate, who is set to reprise her role as the Doctor’s companion Donna Noble, was also seen arriving on the set, after she and David were seen filming together in Cardiff last week.

The actress, who last played Donna in 2010, sported a pink and orange striped jumper and a grey baseball cap as she filmed the scenes in the middle of the city. 

Viewers were devastated by the heartbreaking end to Donna’s story during Who’s fourth series, when The Doctor was forced to wipe her memory after she absorbed his mind into her head, which was slowly killing her.

Emotional: Viewers were devastated by the heartbreaking end to Donna's story during Who's fourth series, when The Doctor was forced to wipe her memory after she absorbed his mind into her head, which was slowly killing her

Emotional: Viewers were devastated by the heartbreaking end to Donna’s story during Who’s fourth series, when The Doctor was forced to wipe her memory after she absorbed his mind into her head, which was slowly killing her

Chatting: David and Catherine, who became one of Doctor Who's most popular pairings, were seen chatting during a break between scenes

Chatting: David and Catherine, who became one of Doctor Who’s most popular pairings, were seen chatting during a break between scenes

Iconic duo: The pair became one of the show's most beloved pair's when Donna chose to travel with The Doctor

Blast from the past: They travelled together during the show's fourth series in 2008

Iconic duo: The pair became one of the show’s most beloved pair’s when Donna chose to travel with The Doctor during the show’s fourth series 13 years ago

It remains to be seen whether Donna will have her memories restored, setting the stage for her reunion with The Doctor. 

It comes just a day after Who bosses announced that It’s A Sin star Neil has joined the cast to play the ‘greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced’ and is filming scenes set to air next year.

It now appears that Neil will appear opposite David’s incarnation of The Doctor, as opposed to Ncuti Gatwa, who is set to take over the iconic role.

Alone: Despite it being nine years since he last played the role for Who's 50th Anniversary, David slipped back into the part like a glove as he filmed the solo scenes

Alone: Despite it being nine years since he last played the role for Who’s 50th Anniversary, David slipped back into the part like a glove as he filmed the solo scenes

New look: He looks set to sport a new twist on his character's famous look

Iconic: His outfit included a suit, Converse trainers and a trench coat

New look: He looks set to sport a new twist on his character’s famous look of a suit, Converse trainers and a trench coat

We are doomed! Viewers could be set to witness Planet Earth at the centre of another apocalyptic disaster, as one extra brandished the sign: 'The End Is Nigh'

We are doomed! Viewers could be set to witness Planet Earth at the centre of another apocalyptic disaster, as one extra brandished the sign: ‘The End Is Nigh’

Sombre: As he witnessed the fallout of the jaw-dropping explosion, David during the outdoor scenes

Sombre: As he witnessed the fallout of the jaw-dropping explosion, David during the outdoor scenes

Following the BBC’s announcement, Russell wrote on Instagram: ‘Neil Patrick Harris, welcome to Cardiff! Playing the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced.  

‘Such a great actor, such a great man, it’s an honour and a hoot. Have fun! @nph @bbcdoctorwho Ha!’

Neil added on his page: ‘My current gig. Never looked more dashing. Thank you for inviting me into your Whoniverse, @russelltdavies63. 

Back together! The specials will also see David reunite with Catherine, after the pair co-starred in Who's fourth series back in 2008

Upsetting: It ended in heartbreaking fashion when The Doctor was forced to wipe Donna's memories

Back together! The specials will also see David reunite with Catherine, after the pair co-starred in Who’s fourth series back in 2008, ending in heartbreaking fashion when The Doctor was forced to wipe Donna’s memories 

Terrifying new threat: It comes just a day after Who bosses announced that It's A Sin star Neil has joined the cast to play the 'greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced' and is filming scenes set to air next year

Terrifying new threat: It comes just a day after Who bosses announced that It’s A Sin star Neil has joined the cast to play the ‘greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced’ and is filming scenes set to air next year

Meeting of the minds! It now appears that Neil will appear opposite David's incarnation of The Doctor

Speculation: This comes despite the news that Ncuti Gatwa will take over the role of The Doctor

Meeting of the minds! It now appears that Neil will appear opposite David’s incarnation of The Doctor, as opposed to Ncuti Gatwa, who is set to take over the iconic role

‘I’ll try my hardest to do my worst. This Doctor has no idea what’s in store. And even if he does… Who cares? Ha ha ha HA ha-ha-ha!’

It comes following reports that villain Beep the Meep is set to make its show debut alongside the Wrath Warriors during the show’s 60th anniversary next year.

Villain Beep the Meep, an alien which looks like a fluffy rodent, is set to battle the Doctor in the upcoming new episodes.

A source told the Mirror: ‘Younger viewers will love Beep – he appears to be meek and cute, but he’s as deadly as a Dalek or a Cyberman.’

What's caused it? While one alley was completely littered with standard rubble, another was filled with more mysterious debris, hinting that a sinister alien invasion could be looming

What’s caused it? While one alley was completely littered with standard rubble, another was filled with more mysterious debris, hinting that a sinister alien invasion could be looming

Famous: David originally played the Tenth Doctor from 2005 to 2010

Popular: He reprised his role for Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary in 2013

Famous: David originally played the Tenth Doctor from 2005 to 2010, and reprised his role for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary in 2013

Stay back! In a dramatic moment, David appeared to stop a taxi from running over a man

Stay back! In a dramatic moment, David appeared to stop a taxi from running over a man

He's the Doctor and he saves people! During one scene The Doctor appeared to rescue a bystander from being run over, as chaos ensued on the street

He’s the Doctor and he saves people! During one scene The Doctor appeared to rescue a bystander from being run over, as chaos ensued on the street

New role: Following the BBC's announcement, Russell wrote on Instagram: 'Neil Patrick Harris, welcome to Cardiff! Playing the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced

New role: Following the BBC’s announcement, Russell wrote on Instagram: ‘Neil Patrick Harris, welcome to Cardiff! Playing the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced

Adversary: Neil added on his own page: 'My current gig. Never looked more dashing. Thank you for inviting me into your Whoniverse, @russelltdavies63'

Adversary: Neil added on his own page: ‘My current gig. Never looked more dashing. Thank you for inviting me into your Whoniverse, @russelltdavies63’

Neil also joins newcomer Yasmin Finney, who is to take on the role of Rose. Yasmin recently gained recognition for her role of Elle Argent in Netflix hit Heartstopper.

The new cast are filming scenes that are due to air in 2023 as part of the show’s 60th anniversary.

The name of Neil’s character, and any further details about his new role, are yet to be confirmed.

Speaking about the sci-fi show’s new arrival, Russell said: ‘It’s my huge honour to open our studio doors for the mighty Neil Patrick Harris… but who, why, what is he playing?

‘You’ll just have to wait. But I promise you, the stuff we’re shooting now is off the scale. Doctor beware!’

'No idea': He added: 'I'll try my hardest to do my worst. This Doctor has no idea what's in store. And even if he does… Who cares? Ha ha ha HA ha-ha-ha!'

‘No idea’: He added: ‘I’ll try my hardest to do my worst. This Doctor has no idea what’s in store. And even if he does… Who cares? Ha ha ha HA ha-ha-ha!’

Coming soon: The new cast are filming scenes that are due to air in 2023 as part of the show's 60th anniversary

Coming soon: The new cast are filming scenes that are due to air in 2023 as part of the show’s 60th anniversary

He's back! Queer As Folk and It's A Sin writer Russell is returning as the programme's showrunner after departing in 2009

He’s back! Queer As Folk and It’s A Sin writer Russell is returning as the programme’s showrunner after departing in 2009

Queer As Folk and It’s A Sin writer Russell is returning as the programme’s showrunner after departing in 2009.

Russell, who was responsible for Doctor Who’s revival in 2005, will be back to celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary in 2023, the BBC previously said.

He worked with Neil on hit Channel 4 mini-drama It’s A Sin, in which the American star portrayed Savile Row tailor Henry Coltrane.

Teased: The name of Neil's character, and any further details about his new role, are yet to be confirmed

Teased: The name of Neil’s character, and any further details about his new role, are yet to be confirmed

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