Following the announcement of Ncuti Gatwa’s casting as the next Doctor back in May, Whovian heads were spun and eyes were drawn towards the 60th anniversary special in 2023. Since then, announcements of next year’s episode have been regular, with Catherine Tate and David Tennant confirmed to be reprising their roles as Donna Noble and the Tenth Doctor one of many pieces of exciting news. However, there is a special 90-minute episode of Doctor Who on our horizons this year, one that has been lost to the sea of expectancy surrounding the 60th anniversary.
With the lack of an episodic series this year, Doctor Who fans, following on from last year’s “Flux” series, have been waiting for the promised Centenary Special. On Easter weekend we saw the release of “Legend of the Sea Devils” to mixed reviews. It seemed that the biggest talking point succeeding the episode was the trailer that directly followed it for the Centenary Special. For four months fans have waited with bated breath for the rumor mill to crank into action but, alas, we haven’t received a hint. There is no title, no plot thread confirmations, and no definite release date, however, with the promise of a fall broadcast, it feels like the right time to remind ourselves of everything we do know about the Doctor Who Centenary Special… so far (cue: TARDIS noises).
As mentioned previously, we do not have an exact release date for the Doctor Who Centenary Special, but that doesn’t stop the sleuths of internet fandom trying to figure it out. What we know for certain is that it will air in the Fall, and we can deduce that the broadcast will most probably happen in October due to the BBC’s centenary celebrations also happening in that month. The exact date of the 100-year anniversary of the BBC is October 18, and with Doctor Who being one of the flagship shows for the company, it may seem logical that they would air it on that date.