Watch: Doctor Who releases exciting trailer for upcoming 60th anniversary special

Fans are super excited after their first peek at the November special anniversary episodes, where fan favourite David Tennant returns to his role as the Doctor.

Actors David Tennant and Catherine Tate stare into distance with concerned expressions as part of the Doctor Who trailer.
Image: YouTube Doctor Who

Doctor Who fans are raving about the newly released official trailer for the 60th-anniversary episodes set to air in November this year. The iconic British BBC sci-fi series is gearing up for a three-part special where fan favourite David Tennant returns to his role as the Doctor. Tennant was initially cast as the 10th Doctor in 2005, and many have been eagerly waiting for a first glimpse of his return to the show.

In the trailer released on Saturday, September 23, fans rejoiced when they saw Tennant acting alongside the incredible Catherine Tate, who will be playing her beloved role as Donna Noble.

The trailer opens with Donna Noble wistfully saying: “Sometimes I think there’s something missing. Like I had something lovely and it’s gone”, before the trailer cuts to scenes of Tennant as the Doctor.

The Doctor Who trailer is full of special effects, hilarious lines, and an adorable Martian who says, “Meep, meep!” voiced by lesbian actor Miriam Margolyes. Fans also get to see Neil Patrick Harris playing the role of the evil Toymaker, a character last seen in an episode from 1966.


The 2-minute trailer concludes with a brief look at Ncuti Gatwa who is set to make history as the first openly gay and Black Doctor.

Gatwa’s first official episode as the 15th Doctor will air in December before the new season officially begins in 2024.


The upcoming season is poised to include the most LGBTQ+-inclusive Doctor Who cast yet, with Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney playing the character Rose Noble and drag icon Jinkx Monsoon, who will act as a new villain described as the Doctor’s “most powerful enemy yet.”

After winning RuPaul’s Drag Race twice, Jinkx said that she is “honored, thrilled, and utterly excited” to join the cast, and LGBTQ+ fans are hyped, to say the least.


Russell T Davies, who was the showrunner for Doctor Who during its hugely popular 2005-2010 seasons and has worked on several LGBTQ+ productions including Queer as Folk and It’s a Sin, said he was delighted to be working on these episodes.

When discussing the November specials, he said: “[this] is just the start, as the fever starts to burn. We’re heading for a November full of Doctor Who surprises, for fans and new viewers alike. Stay alert!”


The three special episodes starring notable LGBTQ+ ally David Tennant as the 14th Doctor will air in November.

Doctor Who will premiere exclusively on the BBC in the UK and in Ireland, while viewers outside of the UK and Ireland can watch it on Disney+.

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