Doctor Who 60: Cryptic Teaser Interrupts BBC Schedule

Exclusive, yet brief, new footage from Doctor Who’s upcoming 60th-anniversary specials aired on BBC One on Saturday night (April 29). In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, eleven seconds of footage from the series interrupted proceedings – with a “network error” message appearing on screen. The clip was kindly uploaded via the Tardis Central Twitter channel, seen below.

Courtesy of a story from The Radio Times, images of David Tennant’s Fourteenth Doctor, the TARDIS, the Doctor’s hand in a jar, and a fighter pilot with glowing white eyes flash across the screen. Most notably, some eagle-eyed (and eared) Doctor Who fans discovered that when played backward, a piece of audio from Donna can be heard saying: “Why did this face come back?”

David Tennant previously portrayed the Tenth incarnation of the Time Lord from 2005-2010. His reprisal as the Fourteenth incarnation was a surprise to Doctor Who fans since most had anticipated Ncuti Gatwa to make his arrival. As we already know, David Tennant and Catherine Tate will return for a trilogy of specials in November 2023 before Gatwa succeeds Tennant as the Fifteenth Doctor.

Recently, Bad Wolf producer Julie Gardner and long-time collaborator with Russell T Davies described the “extraordinary quality” of his writing, hailing his new series as “amongst his best-ever work.”

Doctor Who is available to stream via the BBC iPlayer, with classic episodes available on Britbox. What are you most excited to see from the future of the series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Matt Bailey

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