Doctor Who 60th: BBC Confirms 4K For The Three Specials

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like Doctor Who In preparation for its 60th anniversary, we can now reveal some good news: the three special episodes, which will debut in November, will be available on Ultra HD (4K) On BBC iPlayer

The news confirmed to us by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is striking given that the majority of… Doctor Who Episodes have not previously been shown in Ultra HD on iPlayer, although the format is now widely popular on other streaming services.

4K (UHD) content on BBC iPlayer is still part of an ongoing ‘trial’, and only works on some compatible devices – see our full guide below.

So, as the Time Lord prepares to travel through time and space with enhanced clarity, this initiative by the BBC represents a rare venture into the world of 4K streaming of the iconic series.

And for those who want more – a DVD/Blu-ray home release has also been announced.

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Doctor Who: The Star Beast (Image: BBC)

For audiences outside the UK and Ireland, next Doctor Who The specials will be available on Disney+.

We’ve reached out to Disney to inquire whether these specials will also stream in 4K on its platform, and will update this article when we hear back.

In an age where high-definition streaming has become almost the norm, availability… Doctor Who 4K episodes were noticeably sparse.

Before this, only two special offers – Doctor Who: The Power of the Doctor And Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks They’ve made their way to iPlayer in 4K, As we reported previously.

Doctor Who Doctor Power

While the upcoming 4K specials are a step in the right direction, the sparse availability of Ultra HD episodes in the past leaves a lot to be desired.

Furthermore, the lack of 4K content also casts uncertainty over the resolution in which the upcoming series will star Nkoti camewill air.

Although the 60th anniversary specials bring a glimmer of hope, given the track record, there’s definite concern among fans about whether the high-definition treatment will extend to future episodes.

Classic Doctor Who collection

Meanwhile, a wide range of classics Doctor Who Episodes, more than 800 in total, will be Available on BBC iPlayer from November 1, 2023Which represents a big step towards digital accessibility for the series, especially since these episodes were previously hosted on a paid service, BritBox (Which is now part of ITVX Premium).

Doctor Who is celebrating its 60th anniversary with three amazing specials

The iconic TARDIS is set to make a triumphant return to BBC One and iPlayer on Saturday. November 25representing a historical milestone for Doctor Who.

As the iconic series celebrates its 60th anniversary, fans are preparing for an exhilarating journey through time and space with three special episodes airing consecutively on Saturdays.

beloved duo, David Tennantreprising his role (but this time as the Fourteenth Doctor) and Catherine Tatewho returns as Donna Noble, will be at the helm of these extraordinary adventures.

The big reveal begins with Star monster On November 25, it featured a dramatic reunion between the Doctor and Donna after many years of separation.

The adventure continues with… Wild Blue is there On December 2, it culminates in The laugh On December 9, it promises viewers an interstellar expedition beyond the ordinary.

Tennant and Tate are accompanied by a star-studded cast that adds a vital dimension to the unfolding narrative. Yasmine Fini It falls into the shoes of the Rose Noble, while the legendary Miriam Margolis She lends her voice to the character of Meep.

The band is also included Jacqueline King Like Sylvia Nobel, Carl Collins Like Shun Temple, Ruth Madeley Like Shirley Ann Bingham, Gemma Redgrave Like Kate Stewart, and Neil Patrick Harris Photography by the toy maker.

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Doctor Who: The Laughter (Image: BBC)

How to watch Doctor Who in 4K on BBC iPlayer

Venturing into 4K streaming is nothing new on BBC iPlayer, but the offerings have been limited, as part of an ongoing ‘experiment’ with Ultra HD (4K) content.

As part of the UHD trial, the BBC offers a few programs in 4K, and also occasionally broadcasts live events – such as sports, and – more recently – Coronation of King Charles III.

So that viewers can watch Doctor Who 4K Specials The first step is to make sure your TV supports 4K.

If you also want to watch in HDR, you’ll need a TV that supports HLG, which is the format used by the BBC (and not as common as some other HDR formats).

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BT Sports Ultimate 4K

In addition to a 4K TV, you also need… Flow device It supports 4K and has the BBC iPlayer app. This can be either your smart TV or a dedicated device.

Your 4K streaming device or smart TV also needs to be supported by the BBC Ultra HD beta – and many devices aren’t supported yet, including some very popular ones like Google Chromecast or even some versions of Sky Q (although ) Sky Streaming TV – Sky Glass, And also Skystream is a standalone imp – 4K support on BBC iPlayer).

Additionally, the BBC 4K beta is not supported on mobile and computer/desktop browsers.

Some devices that support the BBC’s Ultra HD standard are Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Maxthe Roku Streaming Stick 4K And some Freeview recorders such as Manhattan T3-R And the Humax Aura.

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Fire TV Max

You can find The full list of 4K devices supported by the BBC is here.

Also remember that for 4K streaming, you need a fast broadband connection – the BBC recommends a connection speed of 24MB/s for a full 4K experience (3840p), or 12MB/s for a lower resolution (2560p).

BBC iPlayer Ultra HD settings

Before you can watch in 4K, you need to make sure you have the correct settings on the BBC iPlayer app, as you should set the video quality to ‘best’:

  • Go to Settings in BBC iPlayer
  • Select “Video Quality”
  • Choose “Best Quality”

Choose BBC iPlayer video quality

Then look for the content with the UHD icon – File Dr. WSpecials will display the UHD icon in the main iPlayer menu (as long as your device supports it), once they become available to stream.

BBC 4K UHD Mark Doctor Who

To learn more about BBC 4K content, check out our full website BBC iPlayer UHD guide.

Doctor Who Special 60th Anniversary Blu-ray and DVD releases

After the TV show Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials Fans of the series have another treat in store.

beginning December 11, 2023fans will have the opportunity to own a slice of history with the release of all three episodes on Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD.

This three-disc release is loaded with exclusive content, Available for pre-order from AmazonEnsuring that the excitement surrounding the cosmic adventures of the Fourteenth Doctor and Donna Noble finds a cherished place in home entertainment collections.

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Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder (Image: BBC)

This release is not just a recap of the specials but an immersive adventure in the world Doctor Who being. Aside from the rings – Star monster, Wild Blue is thereAnd The laughthe collection is packed with bonus content that takes fans behind the scenes:

Exclusive to the 60th Anniversary Edition:

  • Rachel Talalay’s breakdown scene
  • Chania Patton breakdown scene
  • Tom Kingsley’s breakdown scene

Special features:

  • The Fourteenth Doctor revealed
  • Star monster behind the scenes
  • Wild Blue is there behind the scenes
  • Laughter behind the scenes
  • Suspension of laughter in the vision
  • Commentary of the astral beast in the vision
  • Flashbacks to David and Catherine
  • Yasmine Finney presents the Nobel Rose
  • Design of the Fourteenth Doctor
  • Tour with Yasmine Fini
  • Star Monster – Behind the Scenes Trailer
  • Wild Blue Yonder – Behind the Scenes Trailer
  • The Laugh – Behind the Scenes Trailer
  • The cast provides the villains in Wild Blue Yonder
  • Backstage fun with David and Catherine
  • Video diary with stand David Tennant
  • TARDIS Tour with David Tennant and Phil Sims
  • Ruth Madeley presents Shirley Bingham
  • Become a playmaker
  • Neil Patrick Harris introduces The Playmaker
  • The 60th Specials recap with David Tennant

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