Doctor Who special episode 3 release time (by time zone)

The Doctor (David Tennant) in Doctor Who.
The Doctor (David Tennant) in Doctor Who. /

Doctor Who returns to screens for its third and final 60th anniversary special. Here’s when you can watch the epic special “The Giggle” where you live.

Doctor Who made waves across the world last month when it returned to screens with the first of a brand new trilogy of specials all designed to help the show and its fans celebrate its legendary 60th Anniversary. Those specials have been a success thus far, celebrating the past, present, and future of the Whovian empire and showcasing why fans have fallen in love with this show so much over the past six decades.

They’ve also fallen in love with the current Doctor, played by David Tennant, who was also the Tenth Doctor. It’s all very confusing, but the fans love him and his beloved companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and they have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with them in these specials.

Speaking of specials, it’s almost time to prepare yourself for one more adventure in this specials trilogy extravaganza. And extravaganza is really the right word for the grand finale, as it will feature Neil Patrick Harris as the villainous Toymaker. To say fans are ready for it would be an understatement. If you are also ready for it, here’s what you need to know about when you can watch “The Giggle” in your area.

Doctor Who Special episode 3 start and release time tonight

Doctor Who special 3, titled “The Giggle”, will air on BBC One in the UK and Ireland on Saturday, December 9, at 6:30 pm GMT. This is the same timeslot that it has held since the specials began two weeks ago and it will run for an hour and five minutes, leading into the Semi-Final of Strictly Come Dancing. If you can’t watch it on TV, you will be able to stream it on BBC iPlayer at the same time it airs on screens.

As for global audiences, the third special will stream on Disney Plus simultaneously, meaning that Whovians all over the world can watch it together at the same time. Speaking of which, let’s find out when it premieres in your neck of the woods.

Here are the release dates and times by time zone:

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

The Toymaker will hold all of humanity in his grasp in the finale special so you can bet it will be a tough test of strength and fortitude for the Doctor and Donna, but these two have been through some tough times before, so they are more than fit for this battle.

And from the looks of the teasers, Neil Patrick Harris is going to deliver a heck of a performance as the dastadly villain – which is pretty impressive as he seemingly didn’t know what Doctor Who was before Russell T. Davies offered him the role. Thankfully, it looks as if Harris really came through in his performance and a good time was had by all.

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Can you believe the third and final Doctor Who anniversary special is upon us? Have you enjoyed catching up with David Tennant’s Doctor and Catherine Tate’s Donna Noble again? Are you ready to meet the new Doctor and companion?