How to watch the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials anywhere

David

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David has been watching TV outside of his home country for over 12 years. In addition to his streaming expertise, he has a wealth of experience in watching sports and documentaries, having spent many years following these genres. He is an avid fan of The Detectorists and Blue Planet, and also has a keen interest in English football.

Doctor Who is back. And not just any Doctor Who, but perhaps the most popular Doctor of the modern era of the show.

Yes, that’s right. David Tennant, who was the tenth Doctor, is returning for a series of special episodes to mark the 60th anniversary of the show. In doing so, he will become the first actor ever to play the role twice and will now also be the fourteenth Doctor as well.

The 60th Anniversary Specials are written by Russell T Davies, the brains behind the show in its pomp between 2005 and 2010 and are hotly anticipated by fans at home and abroad. I know that I, for one, am on the edge of my seat in anticipation.

Doctor Who is a show that is, at the same time, quintessentially British and yet still popular around the world, so there will be legions of foreign and ex-pats fans desperate to see the new Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials as soon as they are broadcast.

Annoyingly, they are only being shown on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer, both of which are unavailable to viewers outside the UK.

The good news is that there is a way to unblock the BBC iPlayer and stream the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials from anywhere in the world.

What you need is a VPN app, and, as you will see, ExpressVPN is the one to go for. Just sign for ExpressVPN, download the app, log in, connect to a UK server, and you can enjoy the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials on the BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world.

Want to find out more? Just keep on reading, and I will tell you everything you need to know.

What are the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials all about?

The premise of the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials

The Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials is a series of three special episodes designed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of this landmark Sci-Fi drama series.

Doctor Who needs little introduction: a time-travelling hero who defeats aliens and other villains and keeps the world safe for you and me to live in, along with an accomplice (usually an attractive female one).

Details about the plots for the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials have been kept a closely guarded secret, but we do know that one new character, presumably the villain, is known as ‘The Toymaker’.

What we do know is the names of three specials, which are:

  • The Star Beast
  • Wild Blue Yonder
  • The Giggle

The cast of Doctor Who

David Tennant – The 14th Doctor

David Tennant

A fixture on stage and screen, David Tennant is one of the most recognisable faces (and voices) in British entertainment.

His many credits include Broadchurch, Good Omens, Staged, Litvinenko, Inside Man, Around the World in 80 Days, Des, Duck Tales, Deadwater Fell, Jessica Jones, W1A, and The Highway Rat.

Catherine Tate – Donna Noble

Catherine Tate is reprising her role as Donna Noble, the glamorous accomplice.

She is also well known for The Catherine Tate Show, a popular sketch show, Catherine Tate’s Nan, The Nan Movie, The Office (US), Big School, Hard Cell, Queen of Oz, Starter for Ten, Superbob, and Gulliver’s Travels.

Neil Patrick Harris – The Toymaker

Neil Patrick Harris

A big name in US TV, Neil Patrick Harris starred in Doogie Howser MD and How I Met Your Mother, as well as playing Count Olaf in the Netflix show A Series of Unfortunate Events.

He has also appeared in the Harold and Kumar films Starship Troopers, The Smurfs franchise, Glee, and many more.

He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards and a Tony Award for his extensive stage work that, includes the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Itch.

Ncuti Gatwa – The 15th Doctor

Ncuti Gatwa

Ncuti Gatwa will also make his debut in these specials as The 15th Doctor, being the first black actor to take on the role. He is also known for his role as Eric Effiong in Sex Education and also had a role in the Barbie movie.

Critical reception of the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials

Reviews are not in for the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials yet, as they are being kept a closely guarded secret. But Doctor Who is a show that has been lauded by critics for generations.

Reviewing the last episode featuring the previous Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, Michael Hogan, wrote in The Telegraph that this was “an electrifying thrill-ride of non-stop surprises.”

In Den of Geek, it was described as “like being on a roller-coaster – you’re supposed to enjoy the ride as you’re hurled this way and that, but once the journey is over, you’re not meant to brood over what you just experienced.”

We can expect more of the same with the Doctor Who 60th Annivesary Specials.

How do I watch the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials where I am?

If you want to watch the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials on the BBC iPlayer anywhere in the world outside the UK, you need to use a VPN to unblock it.

A VPN is best known as a private and security tool, and, sure, I use it for that, and you should, too.

But it is also great at unblocking streaming services because when you connect to a VPN, you reroute all your data through a VPN server, which changes the location stamp on it.

That means when you try to access the BBC iPlayer, it thinks you are in the UK even if you aren’t, and so lets you watch.

Because the BBC iPlayer doesn’t like people using VPNs, the team behind it try very hard to block VPNs from accessing. In testing, I have found plenty of good VPNs that can’t get in and others that can, but not reliably and regularly.

That is why it is vital that you choose the right VPN if you want to enjoy the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials on the BBC iPlayer without interruption where you are.

What’s the best VPN for streaming?

If you want to watch the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials on the BBC iPlayer anywhere in the world outside the UK, you need to use a VPN to unblock it.

And the VPN you should choose is ExpressVPN.

I have tested them all, and ExpressVPN is, by far and away, the best option for this job.

It is lightning fast, which means there will be no buffering to interrupt your enjoyment of the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials. It has loads of UK-based servers, and they all work perfectly with the BBC iPlayer.

No matter what device you want to watch the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials on, ExpressVPN will have an app for that, making it super easy to connect to your VPN and enjoy the specials from anywhere.

I also found ExpressVPN to be a cost-effective VPN, with a great deal on their one-year package that gives you a 49% discount and an extra three months for free. There is even a 30-day money-back guarantee, which gives you loads of time to try before you buy.

NordVPN and CyberGhost VPN also do a decent job. But I have been doing this for a long time, and my strong recommendation is ExpressVPN.

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How to watch the Doctor Who Specials outside the UK

Once you have chosen ExpressVPN as the right VPN for you (trust me, it is), you need to get everything set up to enjoy the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials on the BBC iPlayer where you are.

This is very simple, really. All you need to do is follow this step-by-step guide I have created especially for you:

Step 1

Go to ExpressVPN’s website and sign up. This is easy to do. Just follow the onscreen instructions and choose their excellent one-year deal, which offers the best value for money.

Step 2

Download and install the ExpressVPN app onto your chosen device (or devices). You should do this from the ExpressVPN official website when prompted or from your app store. Other sources could pose a security risk.

Step 3

Open the ExpressVPN app and log into your account using your new account details.

Step 4

Follow the simple onscreen instructions to connect ExpressVPN to a UK-based server. Let ExpressVPN establish the connection. This will only take a few seconds.

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Watch the show anywhere using ExpressVPN.

Step 5

Now you are ready to watch. All you need to do is open the BBC iPlayer app or website and log in as usual.

You will find the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials in the content library, and you are all set up and ready to watch. It really is that simple. I know. I have been doing this for years.

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What channel are the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials on?

The Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials are being broadcast in the UK on BBC One on the 25th November, the 2nd December, and the 9th December.

There will also be a short special broadcast on the 17th November on the Children in Need show.

They will all also be streamed, both live and on-demand, on the BBC iPlayer.

Unfortunately, the BBC iPlayer is well known as one of those streaming services that doesn’t like people outside the UK accessing it. I know from experience how frustrating this is for overseas fans of shows like Doctor Who, not least because there are plenty of decent VPNs that can’t unblock it.

But as a long-term ex-pat and a VPN tester, I know from personal experience which VPNs work and which don’t and above I’ve listed my pick of the bunch.

Summary

There are millions of Doctor Who fans out there who I know are looking forward to the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials just as much as I am.

But if you are going to be abroad for work or on holiday, or if you are an ex-pat, or even just an overseas fan keen to see the new Specials first, you will be out of luck unless you follow the advice in this guide.

The only way to watch the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials first is on the BBC iPlayer with the help of a VPN.

As I have already explained, my tests show that ExpressVPN is the best option for this thanks to its speeds, its apps, its terrific server network, and the fact that it is one of the few VPNs proven to work consistently with the BBC iPlayer.

All you have to do is sign up for ExpressVPN, download the VPN app, log in, connect to a UK-based server, and then enjoy the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials as you would at home.

David Tennant is back as the Doctor! C’mon! No one wants to miss that!

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