How to watch 'Doctor Who' anniversary specials: Stream 'Wild Blue Yonder' from anywhere now

Catherine Tate as Donna Noble and David Tennant as The 14th Doctor in Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder
(Image credit: BBC)
'Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder': Key information

 Aired at 6:30pm (GMT), 1:30pm (ET) and 10:30am (PT) on Saturday, December 2
 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: Wild Blue Yonder" internationally

The Doctor is back! To mark the 60th anniversary of the UK's biggest sci-fi export, David Tennant returned to the TARDIS in November, alongside Catherine Tate as companion Donna Noble. Their Doctor Who adventures continue with "Wild Blue Yonder", the second of three hotly anticipated adventures in space and time.

Below we have all the details you need to "watch Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder" FOR FREE 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.

According to the official synopsis, "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."

We won't spoil anything, but showrunner/writer Russell T Davies told Entertainment Weekly  that "it's set far away from Earth. It's a bit weird, it's scary, it's freaky, it pushes the show into areas it's never quite been into before."

You can get a (very small) tease of what's in store by watching the trailer at the end of the article. But in the meantime, here's everything you need to know to watch "Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder," wherever you are. You can also check out our streaming guide for Doctor Who to see previous seasons of the long-lived sci-fi show.

How to watch Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder: stream for free in the UK


"Doctor Who" is one of the jewels in the BBC crown, and the 60th anniversary specials are taking pride of place in BBC One's Saturday night schedule. The second of the episodes, "Wild Blue Yonder" aired at 6:30pm (GMT) on Saturday, December 2.

New episodes of "Doctor Who" will also be available on BBC iPlayer at time of broadcast, with the first special – "The Star Beast" – 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 episodes of classic "Doctor Who" (from 1963-1996), its 21st century revival (2005-2022), and every new episode as the show ventures into the future – including the hotly anticipated tenure of David Tennant's successor, Ncuti Gatwa.

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: Wild Blue Yonder': 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: Wild Blue Yonder" 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: Wild Blue Yonder" while overseas!)

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How to watch 'Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder': stream on Disney Plus


Disney Plus is the new international home of "Doctor Who". That means that viewers outside the UK will be able to catch all three of the 60th anniversary specials – as well as the Christmas Day special introducing Ncuti Gatwa's 15th Doctor – on the streamer. 

Episodes will debut on Disney Plus at the same time they appear on BBC iPlayer, meaning that "Wild Blue Yonder" materialised on Saturday and is available to watch now.

And remember, Brits away from home can still use ExpressVPN to tune in via iPlayer from abroad.

"Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder" teaser

If you're yet to watch the episode, here's a brief tease of what's in store...

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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.