The sci-fi world is buzzing with anticipation as we approach the airing of the third 60th anniversary special of Doctor Who titled “The Giggle.” Slated for 6:30pm on Saturday, 9th December on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, the episode promises a delightful blend of thrilling adventure and gripping storytelling.
The BBC has recently unveiled a series of images that offer a sneak peek into the episode’s intriguing cast. Appearing in the episode alongside David Tennant’s Time Lord and Catherine Tate’s Donna Noble is Neil Patrick Harris as the Toymaker. His character is poised to be even creepier than the Not Things in the Wild Blue Yonder episode.
Charlie De Melo, known for his role in Coronation Street, will be taking on the character of Charles Banerjee. While details about his role are scarce, the released image suggests a tense encounter with the Toymaker.
It's time for the Doctor to play a new game with an old enemy… 🃏#DoctorWho: THE GIGGLE, coming 9th December to @BBCOne and @BBCiPlayer in the UK and @DisneyPlus in the rest of the world. pic.twitter.com/MQDITzReMq— Doctor Who (@bbcdoctorwho) December 2, 2023
John Mackay will be portraying the character of inventor John Logie Baird. This is not his first time in the shoes of this real-life figure; Mackay played the part of Baird in the ITVX drama Nolly, starring Helena Bonham Carter.
Familiar faces and potential spin-offs
Fans of Doctor Who will be delighted to see Jemma Redgrave reprising her role as Kate Lethbridge Stewart, one of the leaders of UNIT (Unified Intelligence Taskforce). Redgrave’s character is expected to return in “The Giggle” and during the Fifteenth Doctor’s first season. Rumours are still circulating about a potential spin-off featuring the beloved character.
Joining the episode is UNIT scientist Shirley, played by Ruth Madeley, alongside Alexander Devrient as Colonel Ibrahim.
A Game with The Toymaker
The teaser trailer offers an exciting glimpse of the Doctor’s encounter with Harris’s Toymaker, a character first brought to life by Michael Gough in 1966. This final game between the Time Lord and the Toymaker is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
The trailer also teases Tennant’s regeneration, with Gatwa set to take his place in the TARDIS control room, adding to the suspense and anticipation.
As the airing date approaches, fans eagerly await the twists and turns that “The Giggle” will surely present, with a stellar cast and gripping plot points. This episode is a must-watch for every Doctor Who fan.
For those who wish to catch up on previous episodes before the new release, they are available on BBC iPlayer and BritBox. So, mark your calendars for an evening of thrilling sci-fi adventure, and stay tuned for more updates.