Doctor Who shares a surprise glimpse of Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson in epic trailer to celebrate the show’s 60th Anniversary

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Doctor Who fans have been treated to a surprise glimpse of Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson as the show marked its 60th Anniversary with an epic new trailer.

Ncuti will make his debut as the titular Time Lord in a Christmas Special next month alongside Millie, who will play The Doctor’s companion Ruby Sunday.

The trailer featured a slew of clips of all 14 Doctors, including David Tennant who has reprised the role for a trio of 60th Anniversary Specials.

And amongst the montage was a tiny snippet of a pensive Millie as Ruby, flashing a brief smile with the TARDIS visible behind her. 

Later in the preview, Ncuti could be seen in a snowy landscape, hinting at the time-travelling adventures that could be on the horizon. 

Look who it is! Doctor Who fans have been treated to a surprise glimpse of Ncuti Gatwa as the show marked its 60th Anniversary with an epic new trailer

Look who it is! The preview offered a small glimpse of Millie Gibson as The Doctor's new companion Ruby Sunday, as she prepares to make her debut on Christmas Day

Look who it is! The preview offered a small glimpse of Millie Gibson as The Doctor’s new companion Ruby Sunday, as she prepares to make her debut on Christmas Day

Fans will get to see Ncuti and Millie make their full debut on Christmas Day, before they set off in the TARDIS for a new series in spring 2024. 

Earlier in the day, David and returning showrunner Russell T Davies discussed the upcoming 60th Anniversary Specials during an interview on BBC Breakfast.

David said of his return: ‘Doctor Who, when you’re attached to it, you’re attached to it. To get to revisit it, sort of full-time, even briefly, was something I never really imagined.’

While Russell gushed of his plans: ‘I’ve always believed is all this show needs is to be good, to be fun, to be well cast, to be brilliant, that’s really missing from the schedules at the moment. I dare not say I’m confident but I’m proud of what we’ve made and I hope it works.’

David also spoke about how Ncuti Gatwa will be taking over as the Doctor in the upcoming 2023 Christmas special as he gave his support to the actor.

He said: ‘I’ve had a little glimpse of what Ncuti can do and it’s very exciting. He’s such a great energy, he’s inventive, he’s clever, he’s quick, he’s funny. 

‘It’s really exciting that there is such a brilliant new Doctor coming and I’ll be glued to every episode.’ 

David is reprising his role as the Doctor for three specials to mark the 60th anniversary, and is returning alongside Catherine Tate as Donna Noble. 

Blast from the past! To mark six decades since its debut, star Paul McGann narrated a montage of clips looking back at the show's history, including David Tennant reprising his role

Blast from the past! To mark six decades since its debut, star Paul McGann narrated a montage of clips looking back at the show’s history, including David Tennant reprising his role

The first special, titled The Star Beast, is based on a 1970s Who comic strip about Beep The Meep, with Miriam Margolyes set to voice the alien.

Russell previously said of the episode: ‘You’ve got Donna getting her memory back, so you need that, which kind of takes a whole episode, and you need an alien invasion at the same time.’

Also set to star in the first special is Heartstoppers’ Yasmin Finney, who will play Donna’s daughter Rose, with Karl Collins and Jaqueline King reprising their roles as Shaun Temple and Donna’s mother Sylvia respectively. 

Another big name joining the cast is Neil Patrick Harris and Russell admitted the actor had no idea what he was signing up for as he had never watched the show, and had only worked with him on his Channel 4 series It’s A Sin. 

The first Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Special, The Star Beast, will air on Saturday at 6:30pm on BBC One in the UK, and Disney+ internationally.

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