What Happens In Wild Blue Yonder? Everything We Know About Doctor Who's 2nd Special

What Happens In Wild Blue Yonder? Everything We Know About Doctor Who's 2nd Special
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This is probably the most under-the-radar episode of the sci-fi series.


  • Wild Blue Yonder is the second Doctor Who 2023 special, scheduled to premiere on December 2.
  • Russell T. Davies and the studio are being extremely secretive about the episode.
  • Even the teaser and official synopsis don't reveal much about its plot.
  • The showrunner teased that the story is made in the horror genre and that there will be some connection to Chris Chibnall's lore.
  • On top of that, Doctor Who Magazine teased that there will be three secret big stars, which made many fans think of previous Doctors' cameos.

Doctor Who is back with its long-awaited 60th anniversary specials, created by iconic showrunner Russell T. Davies and starring fan-adored actors David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

The new era was launched with The Star Beast, which adapted the classic Doctor adventure and had the Time Lord reunited with Donna Noble and introduced to her daughter, Rose.

In the final moments of the episode, excited fans saw the Doctor and Donna climb into the newly redesigned TARDIS for a quick trip to see Wilf. But as usual, things went horribly wrong when Donna spilled coffee on the TARDIS control panel, causing it to short-circuit and travel to an unexpected place and time.

This scene set up the next special, Wild Blue Yonder, which is set to air on BBC and Disney+ this Saturday, December 2. If you can't wait that long to find out what the next story is, here's everything we know about it.

The creators are being extremely tight-lipped about Wild Blue Yonder

A short teaser for the next episode, written by the showrunner, was recently released on the show's official account. But it doesn't give much away.

In the teaser, which seems to cover the first few minutes of the special, we see the TARDIS landing in a deserted place, reminiscent of a giant spaceship. The Doctor and Donna are somehow separated and witness something or someone that frightens them.

That's about it. The official synopsis for the episode is not much more revealing.

'The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Donna to the furthest edge of adventure. To escape, they must face the most desperate fight of their lives, with the fate of the universe at stake,' the premise reads.

The special is in the horror genre

Speaking to the BBC's The One Show, Russell T. Davies teased that the second episode is 'very scary,' and David Tennant echoed his sentiments, adding that it is 'unlike any episode of Doctor Who ever done before.'

In addition, Davis said in the Telegraph interview: 'The second one, Wild Blue Yonder, is darker. Not scary - it's genuinely weird.'

What could Wild Blue Yonder be about?

That's certainly intriguing, but are there any details, you might ask. Here are some facts we've managed to glean from various sources.

  1. The teaser and trailer analysis show that the Doctor and Donna end up in an isolated mechanical environment with several constantly changing rooms and some terrifying living forms.
  2. Judging by the official trailer for the specials, the TARDIS leaves soon after the crash, which is a bad sign. The spaceship only runs away when something really threatens it.
  3. One of the issues of Doctor Who Magazine revealed that three secret big stars will appear in the special, without giving their names.
  4. The official poster shows a rusty little robot, which fans theorize may be a remnant of the team that once disappeared at this location, voiced by one of the big stars teased in the magazine.
  5. Davis said in the same issue of the magazine that the episode will deal with the story of Chris Chibnall's The Flux and The Timeless Child, which may hint at the previous Doctors' cameos.

All of these facts don't reveal much, but they certainly add to the hype built around Wild Blue Yonder. With all the secrecy surrounding this episode, we hope it will leave fans flying high.

Sources: Youtube, X, IMDb, X, Telegraph, YouTube, X.

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