Although those two lines are all we’ve heard from the new Doctor Who character, fans have noticed that those lines weren’t uttered in Neil Patrick Harris’ American accent, nor in a British accent used by the BBC franchise could expect. Rather, Harris’ character speaks with a German accent.
On Reddit, user u/BeeHunter42 wrote: “Wow. Didn’t expect the German accent from [Neil Patrick Harris]. That looks really cool.”
In response to this comment, user u/Erdago wrote: “Yeah, the [Neil Patrick Harris] Accent was nice and reminded me of one of the Olaf disguises from ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’, referring to the many elaborate disguises and accompanying accents that Harris’ Count Olaf used in Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events “ used.
Fans also debated the character’s identity, with some saying Harris could play the celestial toymaker, a character who hasn’t appeared on Doctor Who since 1966. Other people noted the unexpected appearance of Beep the Meep, a cat-like creature that has only appeared in Doctor Who supplemental material and never in the main series.
The Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Special will come to Disney+ in November 2023.