Following the briefest of teases during Jodie Whittaker’s final episode, “The Power of the Doctor”, back in October, The BBC has now premiered a full teaser trailer for next year’s three “Doctor Who” specials.
The episodes mark the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate, reprising their roles of The Doctor and Donna Noble, all working under returning showrunner Russell T. Davies who has taken over the running of the series from Chris Chibnall.
Celebrating the franchise’s 60th anniversary, the specials also mark the beginning of a new ‘era’ of “Doctor Who”, which will be released via the Disney+ service internationally whilst the BBC will retain the broadcast rights in the UK.
The specials, shot from May to July this year, will lay the groundwork for the arrival of the new The Doctor, with Ncuti Gatwa taking over as the Fifteenth Doctor with a full series of episodes coming in 2024. He will be joined by his new companion Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday, and both began shooting those episodes a few weeks ago.
The new trailer showcases better looks at Neil Patrick Harris’ villain of the piece, who has yet to be revealed, though some have rumored it to be a new incarnation of the first Doctor villain known as The Celestial Toymaker. There’s also some UNIT action, various monsters and more.
In addition, some new photos have been released confirming the return of Jacqueline King as Donna’s mother Sylvia and Karl Collins as Donna’s husband Shaun, along with new looks at Yasmin Finney as Rose Tyler (not a misprint) and Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne Bingham.
Rachel Talalay, Tom Kingsley and Chanya Button helm the three episodes which are slated to air in November next year.