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New Doctor Who Trailer Has Fans Fearing For Donna’s Fate


The latest 60th anniversary Doctor Who trailer leaves Donna’s future hanging in the balance…

David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the Doctor and Donna in Doctor Who Specials 2023
Photo: BBC Studios 2023, Zoe McConnell

The BBC firmly switched the hype for the 60th anniversary Doctor Who specials up a few dozen notches on Saturday when it aired a brand-new two-minute trailer for the episodes just before Strictly Come Dancing. And if – like the new Strictly cast – the trailers were being marked by Craig Revel-Horwood, it might even have earned a rare use of his 10 paddle:

What a belter that was. Explosions! Potty-mouthed Donna Noble! A helicopter flying The Doctor over the swanky new UNIT HQ in London! Kate! David Tennant acting his socks off, and also getting walloped by Donna’s mum Sylvia! A two-second glimpse of Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor!

And – finally – confirmation that Neil Patrick Harris will be recreating the Toymaker (formerly known as Celestial), a truly terrifying villain who first appeared back in the sixties, and who makes people his playthings by trapping them in twisted games and making them fight for their freedom.

But it wasn’t all fun and games, as fans were quick to speculate on a particularly alarming line from the trailer suggesting Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) might not survive.

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