Wednesday 25 October 2023

BBC and Disney+ confirm DOCTOR WHO airdates

The BBC and its international partner, Disney+, have confirmed the dates that will finally see Doctor Who return to the airwaves. The three 60th Anniversary special episodes will air on 25 November, 2 December and 9 December respectively. The episodes will air in the UK on BBC1 and be simultaneously released for international audiences on Disney+. The three episodes (The Star Beast, Wild Blue Yonder and The Giggle) see David Tennant playing the Fourteenth Doctor, extremely confused over why his new face resembles that of his previous, tenth incarnation.

An additional special episode will air during the festive season, possibly on Christmas Day, featuring the first full adventure for Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor. Series 14 of the show (since its return in 2005; the show's 40th season overall since 1963) will start airing in early 2024. Next year's Christmas special is already in the bag and production is currently underway on Series 15, as part of returning showrunner Russell T. Davies' plan to return the show to airing annually without any multi-year breaks.

The new behind-the-scenes companion show, Doctor Who: Unleashed will launch at the same time, with each episode becoming available on BBC3, BBC iPlayer and Disney+ after each new episode airs.

The 60th Anniversary itself falls on 23 November.

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