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Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

Whovians should watch Heartstopper to see every scene that proves Yasmin Finney will be a great companion.

The last few weeks have been crazy for fans of Doctor Who, who have been showered with announcements about the next season. One of the most perplexing of these announcements was the casting of Yasmin Finney. Finney is a relative newbie to the world of acting, which already gives her casting a mysterious aura, but that is compounded by the role she will be playing, which was announced as “Rose.”

Wh0 fans have gone wild trying to figure out her role, with theories ranging from being a child of former companions, a regeneration of fan-favorite Rose Tyler, or just a coincidental name thrown in there to keep fans guessing. One thing that is not in question, however, is that Yasmin Finney has the acting chops to play the role. Audiences loved her performance in Netflix’s Heartstopper, which included many scenes that prove she has what it takes to be a great companion.

Feeling Like An Outsider

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion
Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

In the first episode of Heartstopper, fans were introduced to Finney’s character Elle, who had just transferred from Truham to Greene. As those who moved around a lot know, it’s hard to establish strong bonds with others who already have established friend groups.

It’s not unusual for the Doctor to find companions who don’t quite fit in with those around them. It makes their eventual victories that much more impactful to see characters who were rejected and ignored finally get the appreciation they deserve. Finney definitely succeeds in showing the discomfort of being in a new environment, along with the lies we tell to convince others that everything is fine.

Nonverbal Skills

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion
Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

Several scenes in Heartstopper take place almost entirely through texts, which means that Finney had to be extremely deliberate with her non-verbal communication. The lack of dialogue made every facial expression important for audiences to understand what she was thinking.

This ability is harder than many fans might think and is absolutely crucial in Doctor Who. Who could forget Donna and the Doctor’s second meeting, where they have an entire silent conversation through windows? The ability to communicate nonverbally can be the perfect setup for comedic or tense moments when the Doctor and their companion don’t have the ability to speak aloud.

Having Extremely Conflicted Feelings

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion
Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

When Elle and Tao get unwittingly manipulated into a triple date, Elle shows both excitement for Charlie and Nick and frustration with Tara and Darcy, who are trying to push her relationship with Tao further than it naturally goes. The scene gives Finney the chance to show off a number of conflicting emotions in her character, far more than the traditional emotional depth of a romantic comedy.

While Doctor Who tends to have an adventurous tone with touches of comedy, it also provided fans with many heartbreaking separations, forcing its actors to stretch their acting skills in order to portray everything they need to.

Caring For Her Friends

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion
Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

If there’s one adjective that describes Elle, it’s compassionate, a trait that’s virtually required in a companion. After Tara and Darcy come out at school, Elle sees the worst of the school’s homophobic responses and stumbles into information that might hurt Charlie. She offers comfort to her friends and scavenges for further information to protect Charlie.

While the Doctor is off saving the world, the companions are often left behind to provide emotional support. The Doctor gets to be emotionless and even rude at times, but the companion must be empathetic and willing to do just about anything to help. Finney’s experience playing the compassionate friend surely sets her up well for this role.

Talking Her Friend Down From Extreme Actions

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion
Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

Most of Elle’s scenes are with Tao, a character who is maybe too fiercely loyal to his friends. Elle listens to and validates Tao while also dissuading him from starting a fight. She is the bravest character in Heartstopper, but she also knows when fighting wasn’t the right way to handle a given situation.

As so many of the Doctor’s companions knew, the Doctor can’t be alone. He may be a hero, but he can easily fall into villainous actions if there isn’t someone there to stop him. Finney showed off the ability to stand between someone her character loves and their own worst impulses, an experience which will surely be of use as she works alongside the Doctor.

Giving Wise Advice About Change

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion
Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Elle knows this more than most, gaining new friends, a more welcoming school environment, and her own sense of self-acceptance after formally transitioning and moving to a new school. Elle is the perfect example of how much good can come from change, which made her the best character to give Tao advice about his fear of it.

Since change is such a fundamental part of Doctor Who, being able to provide wise advice about it can only be seen as a strength. Particularly recently, when each Who regeneration’s last words seem to vacillate from acceptance to pleading not to go, a companion who can shine a light on the merits of change should be welcomed.

A Touch Of Romance

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion
Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

Elle and Tao are the closest of friends in Heartstopper, but there are several teases that the friendship may turn into a romantic relationship. While the two do not end up together by the end of season one, the recent announcement from Netflix that the show has been renewed spells hope for Telle shippers.

While it was not a significant part of Classic Doctor Who, romance has been a critical part of the show since its return in 2005. Whether that romance is with the Doctor himself or someone from their former life, companions tend to be involved in at least a few flirtations. Finney has proven herself quite capable of playing with the romantic side of her character, an element that fans may get to see in her portrayal of Rose.

Talking About The Deep Stuff

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion
Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

Throughout Heartstopper, Elle has been the wise one, trying to help Tao. But she sincerely gets through to him when she stops giving advice and starts sharing her experiences. Elle faced bullying when she was at Truham, but she also was afraid to leave it behind, knowing there would be a lot of unknowns at her new school.

Sometimes the best thing companions can do is be honest with the Doctor about what scares them and what they struggle with. It’s inspiring to audiences to see their heroes as real people, so the ability to talk about deep topics is an important skill Finney mastered in Heartstopper and will no doubt bring with her to Doctor Who.

Making Mistakes

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion
Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

While Elle tends to be portrayed as supportive and optimistic, she isn’t perfect, and the biggest example of this is when she lets it slip to Tao that Nick and Charlie are dating – and that every other member of their friend group already knew. This causes a lot of conflict between Tao and Charlie and definitely wasn’t her secret to tell.

Seeing Finney’s character make mistakes is actually one of the best signs for her run on Doctor Who, as previous companions have been critiqued for being too perfect to be relatable. If fans dig deep enough, though, they’ll find a flaw in every Who companion, which bodes well for her character. Finney did an impressive job revealing Charlie and Nick’s secret and dealing with the backlash from it, which means she will likely do an impressive job with her newest character’s flaws as well.

Having Fun

Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion
Doctor Who: 10 Scenes From Heartstopper That Prove Yasmin Finney Will Be A Great Companion

There are deep conversations throughout Heartstopper about homophobia, transphobia, new beginnings, and scary endings. But what made the show such a hit was its optimistic take on all of that. The characters have largely supportive communities and get the opportunity to have fun together, Elle included.

Maybe the most important thing in Doctor Who is the ability to have fun. Sure, there have been scary stories and heartbreaking ones, but the show has been successful for so long because it was fun for the audience and the characters. As long as Yasmin Finney keeps her ability to have fun through all the chaos, she’ll do great in her run on Doctor Who.

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