Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials: Everything We Know

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Doctor Who, the iconic sci-fi series that’s been captivating audiences for six glorious decades, is gearing up for its diamond anniversary bash. Get ready to travel through time and explore the exciting details surrounding the much-anticipated Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials.

When and Where to Watch Doctor Who Anniversary Special?

The TARDIS is set to materialize on screens once again for the 60th Anniversary, with three specials scheduled to air, The Star Beast on November 25, Wild Blue Yonder on December 2, and The Giggle on December 9, 2023. The episodes will air on the BBC in the UK. But that’s not all; for those who prefer a more tangible experience, Blu-ray and DVD releases are slated for December 11 in the U.K. As the show takes a cosmic leap, it’s also making a move to Disney+ in US opening up new horizons for Whovians worldwide.

Episodes from the current era of Doctor Who are accessible for streaming on Max in the United States.

Doctor Who Plot Hints

The plot details of the 60th Anniversary Specials remain shrouded in mystery. The return of Donna Noble suggests answers to the lingering question of her memory wipe in 2008. A logline teases, “The Doctor finds himself with an old face and something is very wrong. How can Donna remember him and why has he got one of his old faces back?” The speculation is rife among the vast and dedicated Whovian fandom, with every piece of information treated like precious gold dust.

In the grand tradition of Doctor Who, where change is constant, the 60th Anniversary Specials promise to be a celebration of the past, present, and future. As we eagerly count down to November 25, 2023, the TARDIS awaits, ready to take us on another unforgettable journey through time and space.

Doctor Who Trailers and Sneak Peeks

For a show that has mastered the art of regeneration, change is the constant, and the trailers for the 60th Anniversary Specials are no exception. With high-budget action sequences and glimpses of explosive scenes in Cardiff, the trailers provide an instinctive sense of the thrilling direction the show will take. From the revealing first trailer on Christmas Day to the official one in October, each sneak peek adds a layer of excitement.

The recent announcement trailer on October 26 unveiled Neil Patrick Harris as the Celestial Toymaker, confirming suspicions and setting the stage for an epic showdown.

Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Special Cast

What’s a celebration without some familiar faces? Good Omens star David Tennant and Catherine Tate are set to reprise their roles as The Doctor and Donna Noble, adding a nostalgic touch to the festivities. Bernard Cribbins, who filmed in the summer of 2022, returns as Wilfred Mott, a poignant moment as he sadly passed away. Jacqueline King and Karl Collins are also making a comeback as Donna’s mother Sylvia Noble and husband Shaun Temple, weaving a tapestry of connections across time and space.

As the TARDIS spins into the 60th year, new characters join the adventure. Ruth Madeley step into the Whoniverse as Shirley Ann Bingham. Yasmin Finney, known for her role in Heartstopper, is set to portray Rose Noble, Donna’s daughter. There have been hints that Donna’s daughter will be part of the new adventures alongside Donna and The Doctor.

Miriam Margoyles, known for her roles in Harry Potter is officially announced as the voice behind The Meep. Additionally, Jemma Redgrave, is set to reprise her role as UNIT research chief Kate Stewart.

The return of Neil Patrick Harris, plays the Doctor Who villain, Celestial Toymaker. And the most exciting revelation? Ncuti Gatwa from Sex Education takes on the role of the Doctor, set to usher in a new era as the Fifteenth Doctor in the upcoming season.

Production and Creative Team

Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials are helmed by the legendary Russell T. Davies, who not only returns as the showrunner but also takes up the pen to write these milestone episodes. The production team, including Joel Collins, Phil Collinson, Julie Gardner, and Jane Tranter, is set to make this celebration unforgettable. With a touch of restructuring and the involvement of Bad Wolf, the production company, the series is poised for a new era. The directorial duties are shared by Rachel Talalay, Tom Kingsley, and Chanya Button, promising a visual feast for fans.

Doctor Who: The Star Beast

Doctor Who 60th Anniversary first special episode titled The Star Beast released on 25 November on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and Disney+ in the rest of the world. It ushers in a fresh era of Doctor Who with flair, offering a heartfelt embrace to dedicated Whovians while extending open arms to those new to this widely cherished show.

In the adaptation of the comic story The Star Beast, it’s Meep who propels the narrative as the creature that descends upon Earth, unleashing chaos. Meep stands out as one of the most intricately designed Doctor Who aliens, boasting a remarkably realistic appearance.

Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials

Ending Notes

As Doctor Who, the longest-running sci-fi series in history, marks its 60th anniversary this weekend, fans can anticipate a trilogy of specials that reunite them with beloved characters. David Tennant and Catherine Tate both return, setting the stage for Ncuti Gatwa to step into the role of the fifteenth Doctor in the upcoming Christmas special. As the Doctor faces unresolved matters with their best friend, the anniversary celebrations promises both nostalgia and excitement for Whovians.



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