What a dang world. Roughly six months (we assume) until the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who and we already know a lot. We know David Tennant is back as the Fourteenth Doctor. Catherine Tate is also back, and Neil Patrick Harris is joining. We know there will be three specials with Tennant as part of the anniversary celebration, and now, as of this weekend, we also know the titles for all three of them! They’re interesting, for sure. And we got a little teaser to go along with the news.
The first special will be “The Star Beast,” which is, funnily enough, the initial title for the movie Alien when it was in spec script form. Special two will be “Wild Blue Yonder;” some of the bits of that part of the teaser have “redacted” and static added. Seems pretty TARDIS-y to me. The third one, “The Giggle,” has our man NPH in it. “Laughing at the human race.” We also see our first glimpse of live-action Beep the Meep, a very weird character who made the jump to TV from the old comics. The name of that comic? “Doctor Who and the Star Beast.” Sooooo, that’s fun, innit?
The little teaser also showed us a few shots of Yasmin Finney as a character named Rose. It’s all but confirmed, especially with the room of stuffed animals, that Rose is Donna’s daughter with her husband Shaun Temple, whom we last saw in “The End of Time.” But who knows. Who knows!
We still don’t know exactly when these specials will air or how frequently. Will it be one per month? One per week? Three days in a row? All we know for sure is the actual 60th anniversary of Doctor Who is November 23, 2023.
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