DOCTOR WHO Trailer for 60th Anniversary Specials Reveals Donna Noble's Fate And The Celestial Toymaker

DOCTOR WHO Trailer for 60th Anniversary Specials Reveals Donna Noble's Fate And The Celestial Toymaker DOCTOR WHO Trailer for 60th Anniversary Specials Reveals Donna Noble's Fate And The Celestial Toymaker

A new trailer for this November's Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials is here, and with David Tennant back as the Doctor, he'll have his hands full with a returning Donna and the Celestial Toymaker...

By JoshWilding - Sep 24, 2023 11:09 AM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Who

The BBC has finally released a full-length trailer for this year's Doctor Who 60th-anniversary specials (via, and with that comes confirmation Neil Patrick Harris is indeed playing the evil Celestial Toymaker! 

Fans have long theorised that might be the case (another popular suggestion was The Master) and he appears to be a suitable formidable foe for the Doctor. However, the villain is far from the biggest challenge the time-travelling hero will face when he returns in his Fourteenth iteration because Donna Noble has regained her memories and it's down to him to save her.

We also see the return of UNIT and Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (who is rumoured to be the lead in the first of a number of spin-offs) and everything shown here suggests the long-running sci-fi series has been given a fresh lick of paint by returning showrunner Russell T Davies. 

With the show heading to Disney+ outside the UK, Doctor Who will soon reach a bigger audience than ever before. With that comes what's thought to be a massive budget increase, and that should help it feel more in line with The Mandalorian and Stranger Things, for example, with the next few years for Whovians shaping up to be very exciting indeed.

David Tennant's Doctor will take centre stage in three specials we previously learned will be titled "The Star Beast," "Wild Blue Yonder," and "The Giggle." 

Joining him and Catherine Tate as Donna will be Yasmin Finney, Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble, Karl Collins as Shaun Temple, Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne Bingham, and the late Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott.

A brief logline accompanied the trailer which reads, "Destiny isn’t done with them just yet...The Doctor and Donna return for three special episodes." That doesn't give much away, though we're sure that's a deliberate decision on the BBC's part. 

Disappointingly, we still don't have an official premiere date for the first of these Doctor Who specials but it has at least been confirmed that they are indeed heading our way this November. 

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braunermegda - 9/24/2023, 12:09 PM
Oh boy this look gorgeous!!!! Can't wait
DudeGuy - 9/24/2023, 12:32 PM
Never watched anything Doctor Who before. I know it has a hell of a following. Where should I start if I’m curious? Does it matter? Any personal favorites if not?
Se4M4NSt4ine - 9/24/2023, 12:42 PM
@DudeGuy - First series of modern Who is best to start, anything post that does well to explain Who mythology.
ReverseFlasher - 9/24/2023, 1:15 PM
@DudeGuy - This is highly debatable, but a good “first episode” might be “Blink” from the 2005 reboot, s03e10.

Its a bit of a different, one-off episode, but introduces some of the main concepts in a fun and suspenseful episode. And you can then go back to the beginning of the reboot phase with eccleston in s01, or tennant in s02. Personally Id start w s01, I did and became a huge fan.
Mrcool210 - 9/24/2023, 9:16 PM
@DudeGuy - The first episode of series 1. The First episode of series 5 and honestly probably the new stuff with Ncuti after the 60th episodes are over are the best places to start.
Se4M4NSt4ine - 9/24/2023, 12:47 PM
You can tell it’s got that Disney budget!
TheLight - 9/24/2023, 5:18 PM
@Se4M4NSt4ine - UNIT out here feeling very Avengery and I'm loving it.

TheFinestSmack - 9/24/2023, 12:56 PM
Looks beautiful but I still feel like this is all a gimmick to bring back the vast amount of fans they lost. Bring back Ten and then switch him out with Jodi 2.0
ModHaterSLADE - 9/24/2023, 1:37 PM
NPH does play a fun villain.
AnthonyVonGeek - 9/24/2023, 2:01 PM
The only thing I really enjoyed NPH in was Undercover Brother. Since then he’s pretty much been playing the same character over and over.
dracula - 9/24/2023, 2:55 PM
NPH is one person who would probablu pull off an american doctor
PapaSpank54 - 9/24/2023, 3:09 PM
Oi m8 let's jump in the turdass and stop the blorpbops yeah? Stop for a fowl Inglish on the chewb after
DocSpock - 9/24/2023, 3:28 PM

@dracula -

"NPH is one person who would probably pull off an american doctor"

LOL! Yep, that is probably very true.

BillyBatson1000 - 9/24/2023, 6:39 PM
@DocSpock - Not before the watershed!!!
TheSuperMex - 9/24/2023, 3:43 PM
Never seen the show but sometimes I do. It just seems so much.
TheVisionary25 - 9/24/2023, 4:08 PM
Looks so good!!.

It’s nice to actually been excited for DW again…

TheLight - 9/24/2023, 5:15 PM
Didn't watch 13's run, stopped after 12, but this new look at the 60th anniversary has got me excited for DW again.

Thrilled to see these two at it again!
Tasmaniac - 9/24/2023, 6:08 PM
God I hate Donna 😖

Best ever Doctor. Worse ever companion. 😞
DocSpock - 9/24/2023, 7:44 PM

@BillyBatson1000 -

Harris gives a new meaning to bros before hoes.

DocSpock - 9/24/2023, 7:45 PM

@BillyBatson1000 -

Or maybe it's hose before hoes.

BillyBatson1000 - 9/25/2023, 8:05 AM
@DocSpock - Those that know, nose ...

(Sorry, best I had)
dracula - 9/24/2023, 10:53 PM
So UNIT are the ones who bought Avengers Tower
Radders - 9/25/2023, 8:24 AM
Definitely looks like a return to form, with Tennant acting up a storm, but we'll see

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