Doctor Who 2022 & 2023 Special: Release Date, Cast, Storyline

David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker and Ncuti Gatwa all play the Doctor in the upcoming special due out in 2022 and 2023.  (BBC)

David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker and Ncuti Gatwa all play the Doctor in the upcoming special due out in 2022 and 2023. (BBC)

Just before the 60th anniversary of his very first episode in 2023, Doctor Who is still going strong because of his unique way of self-regenerating, all the way to the lead man.

After the 2021 series Flowthe next full series of Doctor Who is a long way off, but everything changes in the upcoming TV specials of the long-running sci-fi show.

The next, still untitled Doctor Who The 2022 special will be Jodie Whittaker’s final affair as the Thirteenth Doctor. Whittaker’s co-stars Mandip Gill and John Bishop are also leaving, along with head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall. We also have a new doctor in the form of sex education Stern Ncuti Gatwa.

After that, we’ll get at least one 60th anniversary special in 2023, the first new episode from returning showrunner Russell T. Davies, who’s given us a slew of exciting casting announcements since filming began last month.

Continue reading: Doctor Who stars welcome Ncuti Gatwa to the show

In addition, the program is produced by the BBC and Bad Wolf (the Welsh production company named after a recurring set from RTD’s first Doctor Who revival series – “I create myself” indeed!) and which gave us recently A discovery of the witches and Its dark materials.

As is now traditional for Doctor WhoStoryline details are kept safe in the TARDIS, but here’s everything you need to know so far about Jodie Whittaker’s latest special, the 60th anniversary episodes and the upcoming Ncuti Gatwa era…

When are they Doctor Who Special offers on TV?

Doctor Who Legend of the Anglerfish (BBC)

Doctor Who legend of the monkfish (BBC)

The latest Doctor Who special offers, Eve the Daleks and Legend of the monkfishwere planned on New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.

The Centenary Special is called ‘The Doctor’s Power‘ (announced by Doctor Who Magazine) and is the third and final feature-length special. It will form part of a programming season celebrating 100 years of the BBC and will be broadcast in October.

A summary of the episode reveals: “Their last fight. Your Deadliest Enemies. The thirteenth medic faces multiple threats from Daleks, Cybermen, and the Master in a fight for her very existence.”

We don’t have a date yet, but expect The Thirteenth Doctor’s Final Adventures to debut on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on a Sunday night in October.

As for the 60th anniversary specials currently running, RTD has said its first episodes will air in November next year. The actual anniversary falls on Thursday, November 23, 2023, which falls on a Saturday when the 2013 Golden Anniversary Special takes place Doctor’s Day was originally broadcast on television and in cinemas worldwide.

David Tennant during the filming of Doctor Who in Bristol.  Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2022.

David Tennant during the filming of Doctor Who in Bristol. (PA)

Davies and Bad Wolf are also working on Series Beyond, so we can expect Ncuti Gatwa’s first series sometime in late 2023 or early 2024.

who is in the Doctor Who special offers?

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Dan (John Bishop), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Yasmin (Mandip Gill) will star in the Centenary Special. (BBC Studios/Zoe McConnell)

Whittaker, Gil and Bishop have the best scores The Doctor’s Powerwith guest roles for new series regulars Sacha Dhawan as Master, Jemma Redgrave as UNIT boss Kate Stewart, Patrick O’Kane as Ashad the Lone Cyberman and Jacob Anderson as space pilot Vinder.

Continue reading: Chibnall almost ended it during the pandemic

Old testament who Fans were also pleased to learn from the special’s trailer that 1980s companions Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan (Janet Fielding) would be back to help the Doctor fight against her old Time Lord sparring partner and fight a variety of returning monsters.

Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan (Janet Fielding) in the Doctor Who Centenary Special.  (BBC Studios)

Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan (Janet Fielding) in the Doctor Who Centenary Special. (BBC Studios)

As is usual for these final episodes, we’re also expecting Gatwa to debut in the next episode when Whittaker’s Doctor regenerates at the end, but this is yet to be confirmed.

Looking ahead to the 60th anniversary storyline, recurring regulars David Tennant and Catherine Tate will reprise their roles as the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble for the first time since Davies’ last episode in 2010.

Tennant also returned for the 50th anniversary special, starring Matt Smith and John Hurt. Doctor Who did these cross-generational team-ups way back in 1972, long before that Spider-Man: No Way Home made it awesome.

Yasmin Finney in Heartstopper.  (netflix)

Yasmin Finney in Heartstopper. (netflix)

Alongside Tennant, Tate and a few other regulars spotted on set by fans, Whoniverse newcomer Yasmin Finney (heart stopper) and Neil Patrick Harris (How I met your mother) have also joined the cast.

Finney will play a character named Rose (any relation to Billie Piper’s character?), while Harris will play a villain who RTD describes as “the greatest enemy the Doctor has ever faced.”

What happens in the Doctor Who special offers?

Doctor Who Legend of the Anglerfish (BBC)

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who. (BBC)

Possible SPOILERS to follow.

Regeneration episodes are always weird because we usually know the big spoiler – we know this Doctor is going to die and who the next Doctor will be. Still, the details are closely guarded until the episode’s release.

What we know about ‘The Doctor’s Power is that producer Matt Strevens promises “a massive feature-length epic… with plenty of surprises for fans of all ages.” As mentioned, the trailer shows that the Master and Ashad are back along with armies of Daleks and Cybermen.

Picture shows David Tennant and Catherine Tate, credit Alistair Heap/BBC STUDIOS

Picture shows David Tennant and Catherine Tate, credit Alistair Heap/BBC STUDIOS

While Chibnall’s era was one of secrecy, it’s a bit more difficult to keep details about the 60th anniversary story under wraps, as Camden, Cardiff and Bristol filmed in open locations. Where the Centenary Special has some hard-hitting recurring monsters, RTD seems to have settled on some more obscure characters for the Tenth Doctor and Donna to fend off.

One of the unannounced but widely reported sightings was of an alien resembling Beep the Meep, a cute and cuddly would-be conqueror who has only made appearances before Doctor Who Comic strips in the 1970s. Besides Beep, we also spotted the insectoid Wrath Warriors battling the Meep armada. It’s a low (meep?) cut for an anniversary.

David Tennant (centre) and Neil Patrick Harris (centre left) during the filming of Doctor Who in Bristol.  Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2022.

David Tennant (centre) and Neil Patrick Harris (centre left) during the filming of Doctor Who in Bristol. (PA)

Even more intriguingly, Neil Patrick Harris recently filmed his first scenes in public, reveling in the chaos of a riot on a London street in top hat and tails. With the production also dressing a storefront as Mister Emporium’s Toy Shop, fans are speculating he’s playing a new version of the heavenly toymaker.

Originally played by Michael Gough, this powerful immortal last emerged in 1966, threatening William Hartnell’s First Doctor and threatening a rematch that never came…until now?

Time will tell, it always does, but before that we have a regeneration and after that we have a whole new era with Gatwa at the TARDIS controls.

It’s an exciting time, a Doctor Who Fan…

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