Last year, Disney announced it was working with the BBC to bring new seasons of the classic British sci-fi series, “Doctor Who” to fans worldwide, with Disney+ as the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside the UK and Ireland, where it will still be shown on the BBC.
The two companies are working together on a shared creative vision, they will deliver this quintessentially British show to future generations on an unprecedented scale. The new series will see Russell T Davies’ return as the showrunner, who was responsible for Doctor Who’s revival in 2005 and is credited with propelling the show into one of TV’s biggest hits. The show will be produced in Wales by Bad Wolf with BBC Studios Production.
The new episodes will premiere on the BBC and Disney+ beginning in late 2023 with the three-episode 60th Anniversary special, with David Tennant as the Doctor. This will be followed by a Christmas special episode, officially introducing Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor. Then in 2024, season 14 of “Doctor Who” will return in 2024, with eight episodes and a Christmas special.
When the details of this new announcement was made, there was some conflicting reports about how much the budget of the new “Doctor Who” series would be, with some rumours floating around that the budget had been increased to £10 million per episode, now that Disney was involved.
However, “Doctor Who” showrunner Russell T. Davies has clarified speculation on a budget for the new show in a recent edition of the official Doctor Who Magazine
“That has been exaggerated. If [£10 million per episode] was the budget, I’d be speaking to you from my base on the Moon. That is not the budget, and I worry that misinformation like that creates false expectation. Nonetheless, we have a lovely, handsome budget, and we’re very happy with how we’re proceeding with it.”
Executive producer Jane Tranter also added:
“It’s a really good budget for us. But we are not Game of Thrones. Or The Rings of Power.”
The increase in budget from the investment from Disney will no doubt help with the show, especially since the show does use lots of special effects and hopefully bring the franchise back to the heights it has been before.
Are you looking forward to the return of “Doctor Who”?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.