How to watch 'Doctor Who' anniversary specials: Stream 'The Giggle' from anywhere today

Neil Patrick Harris as the Toymaker in "Doctor Who."
Neil Patrick Harris as the Toymaker in "Doctor Who." (Image credit: Disney+)
'Doctor Who: The Giggle': Key information

 Airs at 6:30pm GMT, 1:30pm EST and 10:30am PST on Saturday, December 9
 UK: Watch for FREE on BBC One and BBC iPlayer
• Away from home: Use a VPN such as ExpressVPN to watch your usual service from anywhere
• US, Canada and Australia: Disney Plus has the rights to stream "Doctor Who: The Giggle" internationally

It's been too brief.

After just three adventures back in the TARDIS, today's final "Doctor Who" 60th anniversary special will see David Tennant's Doctor regenerating for a second time. Before the show ushers in the all-new Ncuti Gatwa era, however, the famous Time Lord will have to face a very old foe in "The Giggle."  

Read on to find out everything you need to know to watch "Doctor Who: The Giggle" FOR FREE today on BBC iPlayer in the UK. In case you're going to be away from home, we also explain how you can use a VPN, such as ExpressVPN, to stream via your usual service from abroad.

For Tennant's final adventure in space and time, showrunner Russell T Davies has brought back an adversary who debuted opposite William Hartnell in 1966, as Neil Patrick Harris updates the Toymaker for a whole new generation. According to the official synopsis: "The giggle of a mysterious puppet is driving the human race insane. When the Doctor discovers the return of the terrifying Toymaker, he faces a fight he can never win."

A Doctor's final adventure is always a bittersweet affair, but after the brilliant "The Star Beast" and "Wild Blue Yonder," the Time Lord's 14th incarnation is sure to get a memorable sendoff. You can get a tease of what's in store when the Toymaker starts pulling the strings by watching the trailer at the end of this article. Before you tune in today, we'll explain how to stream "Doctor Who: The Giggle" wherever you are. And if you want to start catching up on the previous six decades of adventures in space and time, check out our "Doctor Who" streaming guide.

Related: Watch new trailer for 'Doctor Who' 60th-anniversary specials coming to Disney+ (video)

How to watch 'Doctor Who: The Giggle:' Stream for free in the UK


"Doctor Who"'s 60th anniversary is a massive deal for the BBC, so it's not surprising that the Time Lord's three celebratory specials are dominating BBC One's Saturday night schedule. The last of the episodes, "The Giggle," airs at 6:30 p.m. GMT today.

New episodes of "Doctor Who" will also be available on BBC iPlayer at time of broadcast, with the first two specials — "The Star Beast" and "Wild Blue Yonder" — also available now. They're FREE TO VIEW if you have a valid TV Licence, a legal requirement for watching BBC content in the UK. 

iPlayer is also the perfect destination for UK-based Whovians. The BBC streaming service features adventures from classic "Doctor Who" (from 1963-1996), the show's 21st century revival (2005-2022), and every new episode as the show ventures into the future — including the tenure of Ncuti Gatwa, who'll make his hotly anticipated debut as the Doctor after David Tennant regenerates for a second time.

And if you're going to be outside the country? You can always use a VPN to access BBC iPlayer from wherever you are. More on that below...

How to watch 'Doctor Who: The Giggle:' Stream from anywhere

If you're a UK resident enjoying your own adventures through space and time — or simply abroad — you can still watch "Doctor Who: The Giggle" FOR FREE on BBC iPlayer. However, due to geoblocking restrictions, you won't be able to use the service as you would at home. 

Luckily, downloading a VPN allows you to stream your favourite content from anywhere. These simple pieces of software can change your IP address, allowing you to access on-demand content or live TV just as you would at home. 

(Don't forget that you'll still need a valid TV Licence to view "Doctor Who: The Giggle" while overseas!)

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How to watch 'Doctor Who: The Giggle:' Stream on Disney Plus


Disney Plus is now the international home of "Doctor Who." That means that viewers outside the UK can catch all three of the 60th anniversary specials — as well as the Christmas Day special — on the streamer. 

Episodes will debut on Disney Plus at the same time they appear on BBC iPlayer, meaning that "The Giggle" will materialise on Saturday, December 9.

And remember, if you're a Brit away from home, you can still use ExpressVPN to tune in via iPlayer from abroad.

"Doctor Who: The Giggle" teaser

Ahead of David Tennant and Catherine Tate's final adventure in the TARDIS (for now...), here's a tease of Saturday's episode:

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Richard Edwards Contributor

Richard's love affair with outer space started when he saw the original "Star Wars" on TV aged four, and he spent much of the ’90s watching "Star Trek”, "Babylon 5” and “The X-Files" with his mum. After studying physics at university, he became a journalist, swapped science fact for science fiction, and hit the jackpot when he joined the team at SFX, the UK's biggest sci-fi and fantasy magazine. He liked it so much he stayed there for 12 years, four of them as editor. 

He's since gone freelance and passes his time writing about "Star Wars", "Star Trek" and superheroes for the likes of SFX, Total Film, TechRadar and GamesRadar+. He has met five Doctors, two Starfleet captains and one Luke Skywalker, and once sat in the cockpit of "Red Dwarf"'s Starbug.