The BBC has released a brief teaser for the upcoming Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials.
And when we say “brief”, we do mean brief. It lasts just 10 seconds…
But heck, at least we get a glimpse of first Catherine Tate returning as Donna Noble, then David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor. The teaser looked a bit like a channel ident, but seemingly glitches, showing up a network error. Nonetheless, the opening shot, of a fly getting gulped up in a Venus flytrap, feels particularly ominous, hinting that the Doctor and Donna are dancing to someone else’s tune. (Who said, “the Celestial Toymaker”?)
The teaser first appeared on BBC1 last night (29th April 2023) after The Weakest Link. Don’t worry if you missed it because you can enjoy it right now…
Viewers have pointed out that, if you play it in reverse, you can hear Donna asking if
Paul McCartney is still alive “why did this face come back?” We presume she’s talking about the Doctor — last time he had that face, Tennant was playing the Tenth Doctor; this time, he’s regenerated from Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.
We also see a mysterious chap with glowing eyes; we might infer that he works for UNIT. But that’s a guess.
In fact, everything’s a guess right now: we know a few bits and bobs about the 60th anniversary, but not a great deal just yet. Which is how it should be. Let’s wait until the three special episodes, due to air in November 2023.