Later this month, the first of three new “Doctor Who” 60th anniversary specials will be released around the world on Disney+ and on the BBC in the UK and Ireland.
“Doctor Who” is about a mysterious 2,000-year-old time traveller called the Doctor and his companions, who journey across time and space in a ship known as the TARDIS. The show is the longest-running action-adventure television series in the world, spanning 60 years and winning over 100 awards.
The first 60th Anniversary special called “The Star Beast” will be released on Saturday 25th November 2023, followed by “Wild Blue Yonder” on December 2nd and “The Giggle” on December 9th.
The specials 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).
This will be followed by a brand new holiday special on Christmas Day, which will introduce a brand new Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, ahead of the new season of “Doctor Who,” which will stream globally in 2024 on Disney+ and on the BBC in the UK and Ireland.
But ever since the new specials and series were announced, many fans have wanted to go back and watch some of the original series, especially if they’ve never watched the show before.
And today, it’s been revealed that over 600 episodes of Classic “Doctor Who” are now available for free on Tubi in the United States and Canada. These episodes cover the first seven Doctor’s, which originally aired between 1963 and 1989.
The collection includes First Doctor William Hartnell’s first encounter with the Daleks, the first episodes made for colour TV with Third Doctor Jon Pertwee, and fan favourites from Fourth Doctor Tom Baker’s iconic run, including City of Death and The Brain of Morbius.
Earlier this month, the BBC released over 800 “Doctor Who” episodes, including spin-offs like the “Sarah Jane Adventures”, “Torchwood” and “Class” on the iPlayer in the UK.
While having access to all of these classic episodes is great for “Doctor Who” fans, personally, if you want to get caught up before the 60th Anniversary specials, I wouldn’t recommend starting with these, instead focus on the 2005 reboot/revival, which is the modern stepping on point after the show had been cancelled for over a decade. These are available to stream on Max in the US and through Hulu if you have the Max add-on.
Hopefully, at some point in the future, Disney will be able to secure the rights to stream the previous seasons of “Doctor Who” to complete the entire collection.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.