“Doctor Who” UNIT Spin-Off Series In Development
Disney and the BBC are working together on the next season of “Doctor Who”, which is about an eccentric yet compassionate extraterrestrial Time Lord who zips through time and space to solve problems and battle injustice across the universe.
Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three special episodes to coincide with the 60th anniversary with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor on the BBC in the UK and Ireland, with the series being released everywhere else exclusively on Disney+.
The Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, will then take control of the TARDIS, with his first episode airing over the festive period in 2023, which Mark Tonderai has directed. Also directing episodes in the new season will be Julie Anne Robinson.
The new season will star Catherine Tate, Yasmin Finney, Neil Patrick Harris, Anita Dobson, Jemma Redgrave, Aneurin Barnard, Michelle Greenidge, Jacqueline King, Karl Collins and Ruth Madeley. The fourth block director will be Ben Chessell.
And this isn’t the only Doctor Who series in development, as following the success of spin-offs like “Torchwood”, there is also going to be a spin-off series e based on military research organization UNIT that will see Jemma Redgrave return in the role of Kate Steward, who will be appearing in the new episodes arriving on Disney+ and the BBC later this year and has previously appeared in the show in past seasons.
UNIT – or Unified Intelligence Taskforce – first appeared in 1968 under second Doctor Patrick Troughton. The organisation, which investigates paranormal and extraterrestrial threats to Earth, got a fleeting mention in 2005, post-reboot, before becoming more important in the latest seasons. It’s not the first time that a UNIT spin-off series has been in development, as there was one planned in the 1970s, but it didn’t come to anything.
In a recent interview, the showrunner Russell T. Davies revealed that one of the upcoming episodes featuring Jemma Redgrave is “one of the greatest things I’ve ever made in my life.”
It’s unknown if the new spin-off series will also be released on Disney+ around the world, but it would seem more likely with the new distribution deal in place.
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