Well, there was no Doctor Who Christmas special in 2022, but that didn’t stop Russell T Davies and the BBC from treating fans of the long-running science fiction show to a little present in the shape of the first proper trailer for the 60th-anniversary specials in November 2023.
Containing some of the same footage as we saw in the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it teaser trail at the end of The Power of the Doctor, the minute-long trailer that landed on Christmas Day gave Whovians their first serious glimpse at David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble as well as other returning characters and new enemies, including Neil Patrick Harris, Beep the Meep and the Wrath Warriors.
And alongside the release of the trailer, the BBC has also issued a few photos for fans to chew over while they finish their Turkey sandwiches this Christmas period.
Firstly we have the Doctor himself (above, main image) looking rather worried about something happening off in the middle distance. It’s a great shot of David Tennant in his new costume and gives us a real flavour of what’s to come in his return to the lead role of the show after his first stint between 2005 and 2010.
We also get our first good glimpse at Jacqueline King, Karl Collins and Yasmin Finney as Sylvia, Shaun and Rose. Of course, we have seen the first two before, but it’s still of great interest to fans how Finney’s Rose will fit into the storyline, and what connection she might have (if any) to the original Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper.
In the photos issued by the BBC, we also get to see Donna Noble back, played once again by Catherine Tate. It’s clear that Donna will be central to the plot of the three episodes as we discover just what went on in the regeneration of the Thirteenth and how we’re going to find our way to Ncuti Gatwa’s Fifteenth Doctor.
We also get a shot of Ruth Madeley who will be appearing in the 60th anniversary shows as Shirley Anne Bingham.
Speaking of the Christmas Day trailer release, showrunner Russell T Davies said: “We wanted to give fans, friends and families a lovely little Christmas present – with a promise that 2023 will be a riot of Doctor Who goodness!”