The BBC has premiered the first look trailer for Wild Blue Yonder, the second in a trilogy of 60th anniversary Doctor Who episodes. And we don’t have long at all to wait before we enjoy this second adventure for the Fourteenth Doctor: it airs next Saturday (2nd December 2023) on BBC1 and Disney+!
The trailer, featuring David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the Doctor and Donna Noble respectively, debuted not after The Star Beast as you might expect, but on BBC3 after the accompanying behind-the-scenes show, Doctor Who Unleashed — which is still a neat way to introduce a new episode for fans.
So check it out, and beware: this looks like it’s fashioned as a horror story!
Here’s the synopsis:
The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Donna to the furthest edge of adventure. To escape, they must face the most desperate fight of their lives, with the fate of the universe at stake.
The episode follows on from The Star Beast, catapulting Donna away from her family and into… somewhere else. Mind you, it’s all her fault: she dropped a cup of coffee over the TARDIS console, prompting it to blow up quite spectacularly, at a point where she was instead supposed to visit her ‘gramps,’ Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins).
It does imply that these three stories, concluding in The Giggle, all follow on from each other, meaning there might not be much space for expanded universe adventures for the pair in other media. Then again, clever writers have found ways to expand the stories of Doctors and companions even when there’s no real opportunities on TV, so never say never.
Wild Blue Yonder airs at 6.30pm on Saturday 2nd December 2023 on BBC1 and Disney+, followed by the making-of programme on BBC3.