Doctor Who: Russell T Davies Thinks Wild Blue Yonder Secrecy ‘Had an Unfortunate Effect’

Did anniversary expectations run too high?

David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the Doctor and Donna Noble
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Warning: contains spoilers for Doctor Who: “Wild Blue Yonder”

In the December issue of Doctor Who Magazine, a preview for the second 60th anniversary special “Wild Blue Yonder” advertised the following episode cast:

“David Tennant, Catherine Tate, [REDACTED], [REDACTED], [REDACTED]”

Fans were understandably quick to fill in those blanks with potential guest stars fitting for a diamond anniversary (Eccleston, Smith & Capaldi! Piper, Agyeman & Coleman! Davison, Baker & McCoy!…). Nobody guessed the actual names redacted: Bernard Cribbins (beloved of Doctor Who fans, and whose return for the anniversary specials had been much-anticipated since the May 2022 location shoot), plus Daniel Tuite and Helen Cripps.


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