Disney and the BBC have released a brand-new trailer and revealed the released dates for the upcoming 60th Anniversary specials of “Doctor Who”.   The brand new specials will debut on Disney+ globally except in the UK and Ireland, where they will air on the BBC first.

“Doctor Who” is the longest-running science fiction television series in the world, having debuted back in 1963 on the BBC, with the very first episode “An Unearthly Child”.  This much-beloved brand has inspired and entertained audiences globally for an incredible 60 years. The show follows the adventures of a Time Lord, “The Doctor”, and the Doctor’s human friends. 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.

The three special episode names and release dates are as follows:

  • “The Star Beast” (Saturday 25th November 2023)
  • “Wild Blue Yonder” (Saturday 2nd December 2023)
  • “The Giggle” (Saturday 9th December 2023)

The new specials will reunite the Fourteenth Doctor, played by David Tennant and Donna Temple-Noble, played by Catherine Tate, as they come face-to-face with their most terrifying villain yet: the Toymaker, who is played by Neil Patrick Harris, who is making his “Doctor Who” debut.

Check out the brand new “Doctor Who” 60th Anniversary Specials trailer below:

Additional new cast includes 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.

Over the last 60 years, the quintessentially British show has built a huge global following, with 9.6m fans across social platforms/channels and 100m video views on YouTube in the last year alone.

Three new posters for those special have also been released, which you can see below:

“Doctor Who” is produced in the UK by Bad Wolf and BBC Studios. The series 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. The 60th-anniversary specials have been written by Russell T. Davies and directed by Rachel Talalay, Tom Kingsley, and Chanya Button, respectively.  While Disney is a partner on the show, the BBC Studios is still handling the global distribution.

Once these three specials have been released, a brand new doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, will be taking control of the TARDIS over the festive period and in the upcoming new season of “Doctor Who,” will stream globally in 2024 on Disney+ and on the BBC in the UK and Ireland.

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Roger Palmer

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