Wednesday 1 November 2023

Welcome to The Whoniverse

Doctor Who celebrates its 60th anniversary this month. As over 800 episodes of Doctor Who land on BBC iPlayer, they will all be curated in one place - The Whoniverse.

The Whoniverse existed before the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with Doctor Who spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures in the wake of the beloved BBC sci-fi series' successful revival in 2005.

The first exclusive content to land in The Whoniverse will be Tales of the TARDIS, a brand new six-part series that reunites beloved classic Doctor Who duos as they board a very special TARDIS on a nostalgic voyage through space and time.

Russell T Davies, returning showrunner says: "The word Whoniverse was invented by fans, so it’s time to give it official status. And Tales of the TARDIS is one of the greatest delights of my career - to see old Doctors and companions reunited, still fighting the good fight, is a perfect way to celebrate the Doctor’s 60th birthday!"

Reprising their roles as the Doctor and companions to go on a timey-wimey spin down memory lane in these unmissable adventures are; Maureen O’Brien and Peter Purves, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, Katy Manning and Daniel Anthony, Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant, and Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred.

Dan McGolpin, Director of iPlayer and Channels adds: "I’m delighted to welcome Tales of the TARDIS exclusively to BBC iPlayer, the home of Doctor Who, which is consistently one of our most popular programmes every single week of the year. Tales of the TARDIS will sit within The Whoniverse and features brand new and incredibly moving scenes with well-loved characters; it will be a fantastic starting point for a new generation to discover some of the most classic episodes and a joyous way for longstanding fans to catch up with old friends."

The Star Beast, the first of three 60th anniversary specials starring David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and Disney+ outside the UK and Ireland on 25th November. Stay tuned for Nick Smith's review soon.

Are you looking forward to the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who? Let me know in the comments below.

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