The BBC and Disney are currently working on the upcoming new season of “Doctor Who”, which will be coming out this November on the BBC in the UK and on Disney+ everywhere else in the world.

“Doctor Who” is about an eccentric yet compassionate extraterrestrial Time Lord who zips through time and space to solve problems and battle injustice across the universe.  The show is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and later this year, David Tennant is returning as the Doctor for three specials, before Ncuti Gatwa takes control of the TARDIS over the festive season.

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 show will be produced in Wales by Bad Wolf with BBC Studios Production and will see Russell T. Davies will also be returning as the showrunner and writer on the show, having previously worked on the show.

In a recent interview with GQ, Russell T. Davies was asked about how bringing in Disney+ has helped the show, especially in terms of budgets.

It was the BBC’s notion to go for a streamer [Disney+] to invest in the show worldwide, which I completely agree with. We’re not on the budget level with Star Wars and the Marvel shows—

There have been rumours of each new episode of the show costing ten million, which Russell explained:

It’s better than it was, yes yes yes. I mean any piece of television costs millions. We’re not allowed to talk about budget, and we’re not on that Star Wars or Star Trek level, but it’s more than I’ve ever had to work with.

Honestly, read my column in Doctor Who magazine, as [executive producer] Jane [Tranter] tried to very clearly say, it’s not ten million an episode. It’s absolutely not. I wish it was, it’d make my life easier. But we’re very clever at spending money, I think Doctor Who has learnt more tricks over the years than other shows have, perhaps.

Russell was asked about how this larger budget helped change the creative approach, to which he replied:

Yes, I think it does, it’s one of the reason I’ve come back — you can tell stories on a bigger scale. It’s the same old problems, I still have to cut scenes because they’re too expensive, and I still have to reduce the number of monsters, and things like that. But my imagination feels more free, a lot more free, actually. It’s just a joy to write anyway. I’m really proud of it. Oh my god, there are some strong episodes coming up.

“Doctor Who” will be returning to our screens this November with three specials, on the BBC in the UK and Ireland, with the series then being released on Disney+ around the world.

Are you looking forward to the return of “Doctor Who”?


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Roger Palmer

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