- “Wild Blue Yonder” is a groundbreaking and terrifying episode of Doctor Who, unlike anything seen in the show’s 60-year history. Extensive VFX work and a unique atmosphere make it a standout installment.
- The episode is shrouded in secrecy, with blurred and distorted footage and limited information about the story. The cast beyond David Tennant and Catherine Tate has not been revealed.
- “Wild Blue Yonder” marks a return to breaking new ground and making the kind of dramatic television that sparks conversation. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions and promises to be amazing.
Doctor Who producers Phil Collinson and Vicki Delow tease how the second 60th-anniversary episode “Wild Blue Yonder” is a terrifying and surprising story unlike anything the series has done before. The milestone stories will see David Tennant return to take on the role of the new Fourteenth Doctor alongside Catherine Tate’s returning companion, Donna Noble. Doctor Who‘s 60th-anniversary storyline will kick off on November 25 with “The Star Beast,” with the following episodes “Wild Blue Yonder” and “The Giggle” in December.
As the special episodes get closer, Collinson and Delow have opened up about the middle chapter to showrunner Russell T Davies’ specials, teasing how the highly secretive “Wild Blue Yonder” is unlike anything that had come before. Collinson stated that the episode is unlike anything he’s done throughout his tenure, with extensive VFX work that left him both on edge during production and excited to unpack following its release. Delow teased that production on the episode helped prepare her to work on more recent episodes’ filming. Check out Collinson and Delow’s full explanation below:
Phil Collinson: It’s hard to do. It’s genuinely unlike any other episode of Doctor Who I have ever seen, and I’ve seen them all. And that’s bloody hard to pull off after 60 years of the show, but it honestly is.
Vicki Delow: It’s creepy.
Collinson: It’s just got an atmosphere and a horror all of its own. So that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It genuinely is. That is the episode that we would really love not to spoil, actually. It feels honestly groundbreaking, not just in terms of Doctor Who, but in terms of production, in terms of the way we’ve made it. Virtually every shot is a VFX shot. It’s a feat all of its own, and once its transmitted you’ll be able to write reams and issues, and there are so many things we’re going to be able to tell you about how we made it and how we did things. It’s the most fascinating piece of drama I’ve ever made.
The making of it, the post-production of it, the taking all the actors through it, just every bit of it. There’s definitely been moments where I’ve woken up in the middle of the night and thought “We’re not going to do it. This is a disaster. What are we even doing this for?”.
Episode 2, in a way, feels like what we’ve come back to do. We’ve come back to break ground. We’ve come back to make this show in a way its not been done before. We’ve come back to make the sort of drama that people will stop and talk about at the watercooler or online. It’s exciting and groundbreaking, and no one’s worked like this. The way we made episode two, it’s a roller coaster, and it will be amazing.
Delow: It was terrifying for us to make! We learned so much from it, that episode above anything else. It taught us how to prep for this show in a way none of the others did in some ways. The one thing I will say is that about all three specials is each one will make you feel different. So each one will give you a different emotional response, not the same. They’re all completely different, they all have things that you’ll talk about forever. They all have things that make you either cry or laugh, or whatever, that one should terrify you utterly, if we’ve done our job properly.
“Wild Blue Yonder” Is The Best Kept Secret For Doctor Who‘s 60th-Anniversary Specials
The episode “Wild Blue Yonder” has been shrouded in mystery, as the Doctor and Donna’s battles with Beep the Meep (Miriam Margolyes) and the Toymaker (Neil Patrick Harris) have been heavily promoted. Early teases saw footage of the episode being blurred and distorted with “REDACTED” messages. Later Doctor Who’s 60th-anniversary trailers teased a foe that even scares the TARDIS away, causing it to abandon the Doctor and Donna in a strange mechanical setting. As such, audiences have been left guessing about the episode’s story.
While “The Star Beast” and “The Giggle” featured filming in Camdem, Newport, Bristol, and Cardiff, the filming for “Wild Blue Yonder” took place predominantly in Wolf Studios. The episodes’ cast beyond the two leading stars is unknown, but it’s been confirmed that three mystery actors will appear in key roles alongside Tennant and Tate. More recent Doctor Who 60th-anniversary posters have revealed a round, somewhat worn robot will play a part in the story, but the other co-stars in “Wild Blue Yonder” will likely not be revealed until the episode airs on December 2.
Doctor Who‘s anniversary specials have often been an opportunity to pay tribute to the show’s history. The 60th-anniversary is no exception, such as the returning TARDIS team, supporting cast, and villains from the franchise’s past. However, Collinson and Delow’s comments, alongside previous statements by Davies, have created high expectations for a middle chapter that will take audiences by surprise. With a highly secretive story, extensive VFX, and experiences that informed later production, “Wild Blue Yonder” could lay the groundwork for the next Doctor Who era.
Doctor Who’s 60th-anniversary specials will air on Disney+ internationally on November 25 while it releases on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK.
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