2023 is going to be an incredibly exciting time for Doctor Who fans. Not only is it the 60th anniversary of the BBC science fiction show, but we’re going to be treated to not one, not tow, but three anniversary specials of the programme starring none other than David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor. And what is more, we’re looking forward to seeing Ncuti Gatwa make his first full appearance as the Fifteenth Doctor around the festive period of 2023.
Yes, we said it was an exciting year – and that’s before we take into account the return of Russell T Davies as showrunner and the impact of the BBC and Disney deal that many are speculating will see a lot more money get injected into the show budgets.
And although there is a lot of what’s happening in 2023 that remains shrouded in secrecy – one thing it seems has been revealed… the length of the three episodes that will bridge the story between Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor and Ncuti Gatwa’s Fifteenth Doctor.
An excerpt from the latest Doctor Who Magazine reads: “When Russell ran Doctor Who for five years in the 2000s, he turned it into a huge critical and commercial success.”
Followed by the killer lines: “He’s returning with some big, bold, next-level plans, kicking off in November 2023 with three special episodes – hour-long spectaculars – starring David’s Fourteenth Doctor, before Ncuti takes over as the Fifteenth, around the festive period.”
Yep, it looks like the episodes are going to be an hour long each. So we can look forward to three full hours of anniversary action next year!
So even though there is a whole lot we don’t know about the episodes – like the role of Catherine Tate’s returning Donna Noble, how a new Rose might fit in – and what Neil Patrick Harris’s character is doing causing trouble… one thing we do now know is how long the episodes are!
Let the guessing games continue in space and time for another year!