Doctor Who

BBC reveals release dates for Doctor Who anniversary specials

The Doctor, played by David Tennant, looks into the camera, with Donna Noble and Rose Noble stood behind him. The white, fluffy alien Beep the Meep clutches the Dcotor's jacket. They are flanked on either side by two insectoid Wrarth Warriors

The three hour-long programmes will air on BBC One on 25 November, 2 December and 9 December, respectively, and will also be available on iPlayer. The episode titles have previously been revealed as ‘The Star Beast’, ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ and ‘The Giggle’.

After ‘The Star Beast’ airs, 30-minute behind-the-scenes programme Doctor Who: Unleashed will be broadcast on BBC Three, and will also be available on iPlayer. Doctor Who Confidential aired from 2005-11, and provided a similar peak behind the curtain of the show’s production.

Four unanswered questions about the Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials

The Doctor, played by David Tennant, leans out of the TARDIS with a look of shock on his face

Doctor Who returns in November, with three hour-long specials to celebrate 60 years of campiness across space and time.  

David Tennant (Good Omens) and Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show) are back as the Doctor and companion Donna Noble. The Doctor first met Donna when she materialised in front of him in a wedding dress, and she quickly became a fan favourite. Her no-nonsense attitude and refusal to be impressed with the Doctor’s tight suits wowed viewers, who crowned her their favourite companion in a 2022 Radio Times poll.

BBC iPlayer to feature over 800 episodes of Doctor Who programming

The Sixteen Doctors from BBC sci-fi hit Doctor Who, including the War Doctor and the Fugitive Doctor, stand in a line in front of a blue and pink backdrop

This means classic episodes of the sci-fi juggernaut will be available to watch ahead of the three 60th anniversary specials. Though exact broadcast dates are yet to be announced, the BBC confirmed they will air at some point next month.

Every episode of programming will boast multiple accessibility options, including subtitles, audio description and sign language.

Doctor Who trailer sees Catherine Tate and David Tennant return alongside 1966 villain the Toymaker

Fresh from the second series of Good Omens, David Tennant will be returning to Doctor Who after a decade away from the role.

Also returning under Russell T. Davis’ new management is Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, with Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney joining the cast as Donna’s daughter, Rose. Doctor Who’s official Instagram page revealed this long-speculated news with the caption: “When we last saw Donna, the Doctor had to wipe her memory. So the question is, what happens when Rose meets one of her mum’s oldest friends?”

Comfort Classic: Doctor Who

Sixty years ago this November, a day after the assassination of John F Kennedy, William Hartnell stepped out of the Tardis and into the Stone Age in the very first Doctor Who story, An Unearthly Child.

Ratings were disappointing for a Saturday tea-time slot; the BBC’s new sci-fi show attracted an average audience of 6 million over its four-part run. Reviews were mixed, too: “There was little to thrill [and the] wigs and furry pelts and clubs were all ludicrous,” sniffed The Guardian.

Jinkx Monsoon becomes "the Doctor's most powerful enemy yet"

The announcement comes in light of Monsoon's sell out run on Broadway, where she made her debut as Matron 'Mama' Morton in the thoroughfare's longest-running show, Chicago.

It was a historic moment for the LGBTQIA+ community, as she was the first ever drag queen to play the role and broke box office records in the process.

Gatwa and Gibson as the Doctor and Ruby (credit: BBC)

Working Lives: Script editor Fiona McAllister

A young woman with blond hair stands against a blue background

What does the job involve?

Basically, the job is finding brilliant writers and working with them on their ideas; then, once we find the right broadcaster, working with the commissioner and the writer to create the series. 

All production companies work differently and some have either development or production script editors, but, at Quay Street, I work across both, so I get to stay with the writer from the very beginning of the idea all the way through production and post.

What is your role during the development stage?

Neil Patrick Harris joins cast of Doctor Who as the Doctor’s “greatest enemy”

The name and nature of Harris’ character has not yet been revealed, but on Instagram, Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has called him “the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced.”

In the first-look photo, provided by the BBC, Harris is seen to be wearing an old fashioned apron with a pair of pliers among the tools in its front pockets.