Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Disney+ Sets Premiere Dates for 60th Anniversary Specials of 'Doctor Who'

Disney+ has today announced the premiere dates for three upcoming Doctor Who specials - celebrating the drama’s 60th anniversary. These episodes are the first to debut on the streaming platform following a deal last year with the BBC to bring the show to a global audience.

The three specials will debut as followed: “The Star Beast” on November 25, “Wild Blue Yonder” on December 2, and “The Giggle” on December 9. The specials will debut on Disney+ globally except in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where they will air on the BBC.

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 (Neil Patrick Harris).

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. Returning characters include Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble, Karl Collins as Shaun Temple, and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart.

Russell T. Davies returns as showrunner for the specials and the next season. He executive produces with Phil Collinson, Joel Collins, Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter. Bad Wolf and BBC Studios produce. The 60th anniversary specials are written by Davies and directed by Rachel Talalay, Tom Kingsley, and Chanya Button, respectively.

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