Can we talk about the major changes happening to one of BBC’s most popular series: Doctor Who? If you’re a Whovian like me, then you have already heard the insane news about Disney’s and BBC’s global partnership concerning Doctor Who. One of the significant effects of this deal is that from now on Doctor Who will premiere in the United States on Disney Plus instead of BBC America. Another highlight occurring from the partnership is Disney’s increase in the show’s budget per episode by more than three times its original amount. This means more advancements in CGI, production, sets, costumes, locations, and more. As an annual subscriber to Disney Plus, I’m genuinely excited for the premier of the new and improved Doctor Who coming in November of 2023.
Judging by the way things have been going with Disney’s recent film projects–some being successes and others being flops–it’s no surprise people may have concerns regarding how this deal will affect the show altogether. Rest assured Whovians that Disney’s only after streaming rights and international rights, which means the show’s creativity remains in the hands of its creators, with no influence from Disney. Let out that breath you’ve been holding because the show is in good hands with original showrunner Russell T Davies back on board, leading it under his guidance. Based on previous work regarding the show (his seasons being my favorite) I have no doubt he will bring the show back to its former glory.
Davies is not the only big return coming back to the show. David Tenant, the beloved tenth doctor, will be reprising his role as the fourteenth doctor for four-hour-long specials set to kick off Doctor Who’s new era on Disney Plus. Also revealed to be coming back is Catherine Tate as the quirky and fun companion, Donna Noble. Seeing what’s in store for the future and given the glimpses of Ncuti Gatwa taking over as the fifteenth doctor after Tenant, Davies has something amazing cooked up for the series. By November 2023, I know it will have been worth the wait.