DOCTOR WHO 60th-Anniversary Specials Get A New Trailer And Confirmed Premiere Dates

DOCTOR WHO 60th-Anniversary Specials Get A New Trailer And Confirmed Premiere Dates DOCTOR WHO 60th-Anniversary Specials Get A New Trailer And Confirmed Premiere Dates

We've been waiting for this news for a very long time, but BBC and Disney+ have finally confirmed when all three of this year's Doctor Who 60th-anniversary specials will be released with a new trailer...

By JoshWilding - Oct 25, 2023 08:10 PM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Who

It was last year that Disney and the BBC surprised the world by announcing they had joined forces to bring the long-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who, to a global audience. Earlier today, the trailer and premiere dates were finally revealed (via for this year's three new 60th-anniversary specials.

Those are set to debut on Disney+ globally except in the UK and Ireland, where they will air on the BBC.

The three specials, titled "The Star Beast" (November 25), "Wild Blue Yonder" (December 2) and "The Giggle "(December 9) will reunite the Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna Temple-Noble (Catherine Tate) as they come face-to-face with their most terrifying villain yet: the Toymaker (played by Neil Patrick Harris in his Doctor Who debut).

Other confirmed cast members include Yasmin Finney as Rose Temple-Noble, Miriam Margolyes as the voice of the Meep and Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne Bingham, as well as returning characters Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble, Karl Collins as Shaun Temple, and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart.

Doctor Who is the longest-running action-adventure television series in the world spanning 60 years and winning over 100 awards. This quintessentially British show has a massive global following, with 9.6m fans across social platforms/channels and 100m video views on YouTube in the last year alone. 

The show is produced by Bad Wolf and BBC Studios and returns under the creative vision of returning showrunner Russell T. Davies, who also serves as a writer and executive producer. Additional executive producers include Phil Collinson, Joel Collins, Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter. It was also confirmed today that Loki writer Kate Herron has boarded the upcoming season 14.

The 60th-anniversary specials are written by Russell T. Davies and directed by Rachel Talalay, Tom Kingsley, and Chanya Button, respectively. BBC Studios is handling global distribution.

Ncuti Gatwa takes control of the TARDIS as the Fifteenth Doctor over the festive period and the new season of Doctor Who will stream globally in 2024 on Disney+ and on the BBC in the UK and Ireland. 

Take a look at an exciting new trailer for the series below.

Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television series in the world. The very first episode “An Unearthly Child” aired back in 1963, and this much beloved brand has been inspiring and entertaining audiences globally for an incredible 60 years. The show follows the adventures of a Time Lord “The Doctor” who is able to regenerate, and the Doctor’s human friend(s).

The Doctor and companion’s journey through time and space in the TARDIS - a time-travelling ship shaped like a police box - saving the universe with a combination of wit, bravery and kindness. Orbiting around them is the wider Whoniverse - infinite galaxies and countless civilizations filled with incredible friends and dangerous foes. These are worlds ripe for exploration. Worlds full of surprising stories, characters, emotions, and entertainment. 

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tylerzero - 10/25/2023, 8:03 PM
Is this series worth watching? Asking for a friend who has never seen a single episode.
Knightrider - 10/25/2023, 8:36 PM
@tylerzero - For me, it is a little too camp and cheesy. Reminds me of Adam West Batman.

But I know people who like it, so my only advice for your “friend” would be to try it and see
mountainman - 10/25/2023, 8:44 PM
@tylerzero - Some people love it. I could never get into it.

Generally, Matt Smith, David Tennant and Christopher Ecclesten have the most popular runs. Pick one, check out a few episodes, and see if it’s to your taste.
marvel72 - 10/25/2023, 8:58 PM
@tylerzero -

bcom - 10/25/2023, 8:59 PM
@tylerzero - It has its ups and downs but it is a generally entertaining show. If your 'friend' ;-) is going to start watching it I'd say start at Christopher Ecclesten's run as it's essentially the reboot of sorts for the modern era of Dr Who. David Tennant and Matt Smith are probably the best of the modern Drs though.
Fogs - 10/26/2023, 4:42 AM
@mountainman - Same here.
WarMonkey - 10/26/2023, 5:54 AM
@tylerzero - Start with Eccleson cause his run was basically the soft reboot of the series with updated production values. Then watch Tenant and Smith's run. But know that towards the end of Smith's time the writing started to get real bad and lazy and never recovered which is why they are going into the past again to sell a new Doctor character after Tenant leaves again. Soon after Smith left is where the vast majority of long time Who fans quit the series for good and haven't come back. This special is trying to win us back but many like me believe the damage is done and Doctor Who is dead. The older stuff is still amazing though!
ZomZom - 10/26/2023, 7:50 AM
@tylerzero - It helps if you've grown up with it and it's full of very British colloquialisms but there are genuinely moving story lines within the runs of David Tennant and Matt Smith that make any of the MCUTV series look like the Tellytubbies.
TheVisionary25 - 10/25/2023, 8:20 PM

Looking forward to it!!

Tennant & Tate have great chemistry (10 & Donna are my second favorite modern Tardis team) and the inclusion of NPH just makes it all the more exciting for me.

Also obviously , can’t wait to see how these 3 specials lead into Ncuti’s 15th Doctor aswell.
Saga - 10/25/2023, 8:37 PM
Looks [frick]ing terrible the frnachise is just a Rotten corpse ass[frick]ed by greedy morons David Tennant You Lost all My respect
LiteraryJoe - 10/25/2023, 11:21 PM
@Saga - Prince Robot IV was almost always right.
Ojeet78 - 10/25/2023, 8:49 PM
So excited for this. I know it might not be possible but it'd be a treat to see Capaldi back as well. David Tennant is a real class act .The love he has for the show is infectious.
bobevanz - 10/25/2023, 8:53 PM
@Ojeet78 - Capaldi and Eccleston are my favorites lol
dracula - 10/25/2023, 8:52 PM
This has got to be the least anniversary feeling anniversary special Doctor Who has ever had (and that includes the soap opera crossover done for charity)

This isn't celebrating the show's history, this is Russel T Davis giving himself a pat on the back and celebrating his last run

Love David Tennant but could have done something better than just bringing him back and celebrating him

Could have used whatever is going on to cause the 10th to return to have some fun, have your David Tennant special, celebrating his run. Brought back the Adventures In Time and Space cast and have them do a 1st doctor celebration special. Matt Smith, Capaldi, maybe even Eccleston, just have him keep popping back and fourth to old faces for specials.

still wouldn't get a multi doctor story, but at least the anniversary wouldn't feel like they are just celebrating an actor
Ojeet78 - 10/25/2023, 9:01 PM
@dracula - I agree with some of this. A part of it does feel like The Rise of Skywalker undoing Last Jedi's plot threads. I personally liked Jodie but the timeless child retcon kinda threw a lot of the lore off. The multi Doctor thing would be cool but I imagine Tennant is the only one who has always been very keen to come back to Doctor Who. Bringing him and Davies back is definitely the BBC trying to win back some fans.
Origame - 10/25/2023, 9:30 PM
...but will we see him team up with Andrew Garfield again?

Yes, that totally happened in the 10th doctor's run. Well before he got big with the social network and spiderman.
RolandD - 10/25/2023, 10:23 PM
Josh referred to Tennant as the fourteenth doctor, but that’s not right, is it?
TheVisionary25 - 10/25/2023, 10:31 PM
@RolandD - RTD has said Tennant is the 14th Doctor

How is something we’ll have to see if course.
RolandD - 10/26/2023, 12:13 AM
@TheVisionary25 - He is the 10th doctor and also the 14th doctor, which is his second tenure as the doctor.
TheVisionary25 - 10/26/2023, 5:32 AM
@RolandD - yes
DocSpock - 10/26/2023, 12:17 AM

I have not ever watched Dr. Who. I think I'm the only one.

When was the first year for it? And I wonder if all of it over the decades is available to stream somewhere.

I am a completionist who would like to try watching it all.

WarMonkey - 10/26/2023, 6:01 AM
@DocSpock - There are a lot of episodes! Doctor Who has been around since like the 60s. That's why a lot say if you want to get into it start at Eccleson's run cause that's like a soft reboot of sorts with better production, although everything is canon. I know Roku maybe others have a channel devoted to playing Who stuff 24/7.
DocSpock - 10/26/2023, 9:32 AM
@WarMonkey -

I don't know how or where to get Roku. I am old caveman guy who is extremely not tech savvy.

TheOtherOn - 10/26/2023, 12:47 AM
At least there's ONE good thing came out of this show in all those 60 years!

TheOtherOn - 10/26/2023, 12:50 AM
@TheOtherOn - Well, actually TWO now when I think of it!

ZomZom - 10/26/2023, 7:54 AM
Dr Who is 50% banal disappointment and 50% genuine storytelling genius. Problem is unless you know which story lines to embrace, the genius is diluted by the banal. Most of that genius came under the watch of RTD so hopefully the magic is back. Watch David or Matt 100% but avoid Jodie and most of Peter C.

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