Doctor Who special episode 1 release time (by time zone)

The Doctor (David Tennant)
The Doctor (David Tennant) /

Doctor Who returns to screens for its 60th Anniversary Special tonight. Here’s when you can watch the first episode “The Star Beast” in your neck of the woods.

Step into your Tardis, start the engine, and embark on a journey full of timey wimey goodness. Yes, Doctor Who is back.

The legendary British sci-fi phenomenon is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month, so what better time to kick off some new adventures for the Doctor and his companion? To mark the occasion, we are getting the return of perhaps the greatest Doctor of them all, David Tennant, who returns with his trusty companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), as the pair find themselves in an adventure involving Star Beasts and a villainous Neil Patrick Harris.

The duo are back in action for three specials that will bridge the gap between the previous series (Jodie Whittaker’s final outing) and the upcoming one (which will introduce Ncuti Gatwa as the next Doctor).

There is an even bigger global interest in Doctor Who this year as its now streaming around the world on Disney Plus (outside of the UK and Ireland). If you’d like to know how to watch the first special, here’s what you need to know.

Doctor Who Special episode 1 start and release time tonight

The first Doctor Who special of 2023 will air on Saturday, November 25 2023. As always, it will air in the UK and Ireland on BBC One, premiering on screens at 6:30 pm GMT ahead of Strictly Come Dancing. It will also be available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

If you’re watching outside of the UK, however, the Doctor Who specials will be streamed on Disney Plus for global audiences. Taking that into account, here is when you can anticipate its arrival in your region.

Here are the release dates and times by time zone:

  • Hawaii: 7:30 a.m. HST on Saturday, November 25
  • Alaska: 9:30 a.m. AKDT on Saturday, November 25
  • West Coast of the US: 10:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, November 25
  • Mountain time: 11:30 a.m. MT on Saturday, November 25
  • Midwest of the US: 12:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, November 25
  • East Coast of the US: 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25
  • Brazil: 2:30 p.m. BRT on Saturday, November 25
  • UK: 6:30 p.m. GMT on Saturday, November 25
  • France: 7:30 p.m. CET on Saturday, November 25
  • Germany: 7:30 p.m. CET on Saturday, November 25
  • Italy: 7:30 p.m. CET on Saturday, November 25
  • Spain: 7:30 p.m. CET on Saturday, November 25
  • India: 12:00 a.m. IST on Sunday, November 26
  • South Korea: 3:30 a.m. KST on Sunday, November 26
  • Japan: 3:30 a.m. JST on Sunday, November 26
  • Sydney, Australia: 5:30 a.m. AEDT on Sunday, November 26

Needless to say that fans of the legendary franchise are excited to celebrate the huge milestone, especially as it will involve the return of such iconic characters. There’s also an added excitement due to its global presence on Disney Plus, as audiences around the world will be able to stream it at the same time as its UK premiere for the first time ever.

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Are you excited for the return of Doctor Who? Will you be watching the specials when the air/stream?