Celebrating six decades of time-bending adventures, the iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who is gearing up for its 60th-anniversary extravaganza. A three-part special, eagerly awaited by fans worldwide, has just been revealed on Disney+, rekindling the thrill of intergalactic journeys and introducing a significant stride in LGBTQ+ representation within the Doctor Who universe.
The recently released trailer showcases the return of David Tennant as the 14th Doctor and an ensemble of characters portrayed by talented queer actors. Yasmin Finney, known for her role in ‘Heartstopper,’ steps into the shoes of Rose Temple-Noble, the daughter of the Doctor’s former companion Donna. Neil Patrick Harris and Miriam Margoyles take on villainous roles as The Celestial Toymaker and Beep the Meep, respectively. Notably, the trailer concludes with the enigmatic appearance of the 15th Doctor, portrayed by Ncuti Gatwa.
Guiding this groundbreaking anniversary special is none other than Russell T Davies, the creative genius behind ‘It’s A Sin’ and ‘Queer as Folk.’ This remarkable event serves as a prelude to Gatwa’s prominent role in the fourteenth season, slated for release in 2024. The upcoming season promises to further diversify the cast with the inclusion of notable LGBTQ+ actors like Jinkx Monsoon, Jonathan Groff, and newcomer Pete McHale.
Russell T Davies expressed his awe at Ncuti Gatwa’s casting, saying, “Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars. Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor, and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds.” He similarly commended Yasmin Finney for her remarkable audition, emphasizing that acting prowess remains the primary criterion for casting decisions.
While Doctor Who’s official anniversary falls on November 23, viewers can anticipate the first part of the anniversary special, “The Star Beast,” premiering on Disney+ on November 25. Part Two, “Wild Blue Yonder,” is set to stream on December 2, and Part Three, “The Giggle,” will bring the special to a captivating close on December 9.
As Doctor Who continues to push boundaries and evolve with the times, this 60th-anniversary special marks a significant chapter in its journey toward greater LGBTQ+ inclusion and representation.