In his book The Writer's Tale, Russell T Davies suggested that the young actor would be one of his choices to play the Eleventh Doctor, and DWM 403 contains an article suggesting Tovey was a strong candidate.
Tovey took the role of George the werewolf in Toby Whithouse's Being Human and appeared in The Hounds of Baskerville, an episode of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' Sherlock series, as Henry Knight. He has appeared onstage in The History Boys, with Samuel Barnett, Samuel Anderson, James Corden, Jamie Parker, and Sacha Dhawan; and Angels in America with Susan Brown, Amanda Lawrence, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Andrew Garfield. In 2019, Tovey worked with Russell T Davies again in Years and Years, alongside Anne Reid, Jessica Hynes and T'Nia Miller.
- Being Human - George. BBC. Retrieved on 17 June 2017.