How to Watch Doctor Who: The Giggle

The Spool Staff
November 30, 2023

Out of the three Doctor Who specials coming out this year, the last episode titled “The Giggle” is one you’ll likely want to catch the most. Not only will it be the one where Neil Patrick Harris makes his Who villain debut as the Toymaker, but it’s also likely the episode where the 14th Doctor (David Tennant) finally regenerates into the much-awaited and heavily teased 15th Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa).

It’s also very possible that “The Giggle” will have you sniffling the most, as Who specials are notoriously wont to do, since we’ll have to say goodbye once more to the iconic duo that is the Doctor and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate). So if you’re prepared for all that, let’s dive right into how you can watch this truly special episode. Allons-y!

Where to watch Doctor Who: The Giggle

The third and last episode of the Doctor Who: 60th Anniversary Specials, “The Giggle,” will be available to stream on December 9 on Disney+. While BBC America used to air Doctor Who in the States, that streaming right is now exclusively owned by Disney+.

So right now, there’s only one way to watch Doctor Who: The Giggle, and that’s on Disney+.

Doctor Who: The Giggle on Disney+

Disney+ is quickly rising to be the streamer of choice in the US, but in case you’re not subscribed yet, here’s a rundown:

Disney+

The on-demand streaming service Disney+ gives you access to thousands of films and TV shows not just from Disney itself, but from partner studios like Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and ABC. It's a giant umbrella of content for a fairly reasonable price of $7.99/month with ads and $13.99/month without, but if you want even more, Disney+ offers premium add-ons you can stack to your plan, as well as the famous Trio bundle, which gives you Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ at a discounted price.

Price: $7.99/month

So far, the 60th Anniversary specials are a welcome and delightful return to form

Season 13 of Doctor Who didn’t have the best run, with many fans criticizing showrunner Chris Chinball for failing to imagine a more excitable world for his characters. But with Russel T Davies returning to man the ship, season 14 promised to come back bigger and better than ever before, and that it most certainly did with “The Star Beast.” The first of the specials, though light-hearted, was also full of fun and heart, and it maximized what seemed to be an upgraded budget. The visuals were less camp this time and more dazzling, which made it all the more fitting as a holiday treat.

The first two episodes of Doctor Who: 60th Anniversary Specials are available to watch on Disney+

There are two other episodes of Doctor Who season 14, namely “The Star Beast” and “Wild Blue Yonder,” that can be streamed on Disney+.

Disney+

The on-demand streaming service Disney+ gives you access to thousands of films and TV shows not just from Disney itself, but from partner studios like Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and ABC. It's a giant umbrella of content for a fairly reasonable price of $7.99/month with ads and $13.99/month without, but if you want even more, Disney+ offers premium add-ons you can stack to your plan, as well as the famous Trio bundle, which gives you Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ at a discounted price.

Price: $7.99/month

The previous episodes of Doctor Who are available on Max and Britbox

However, if you’d like a more thorough recap, you can watch seasons nine through 13 on Max, which is where the show used to be available to stream before being acquired by Disney.

Max

While best known for streaming epic shows like Succession, Game of Thrones, and The White Lotus, Max rounds its selection with blockbusters from Warner Bros., news from CNN, reality shows from Discovery, and for an additional fee, live sports from B/R. Max’s plans begin at $10/month, but if you already have HBO, you should check with your TV provider to see if it can give you Max at no additional cost.

Price: $9.99/month

And if you’d like to go even further down the line and watch Classic Who, beginning with the very first Doctor, then you can start your marathon on BritBox.

Britbox

Home to some of the best telly Great Britain has to offer, Britbox is an ad-free on-demand streaming service that's compatible with most media players, including smartphones and TVs. For $9/month, you get access to BBC shows like Luther, Sherwood, and Downton Abbey, as well as ITV gems like Stonehouse, Channel 4 classics like The IT Crowd, and a host of Britbox-produced documentaries, mysteries, dramas, and sitcoms.

Price: $8.99/month