It’s been revealed that Doctor Who’s streaming rights have been acquired by Disney, which means that people all over the world (apart from in the UK and Ireland) can stream upcoming seasons of the new series on Disney Plus. This was revealed by the BBC earlier today, and I think this might end up breathing new life into the series.
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Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the Doctor was aired last week, and it gave us a look at what’s to come. Surprise, surprise, David Tennant is returning (for a little bit) as the Doctor. The trailer for the upcoming episodes of the BBC series was also released, and that trailer gave us our first look at Ncuti Gatwa. Whittaker’s final episode of the Doctor was a pretty impressive one.
The episode featured the likes of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth Doctors, played by Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, all made brief appearances. As did former companions Ace, Tegan and Jo, played by Sophie Aldred, Janet Fielding and Katy Manning. 97-year-old William Russell, who played one of the companions of the first Doctor, William Hartnell, also appeared in the story.
All new seasons Doctor Who will be available to stream on Disney Plus
Russell T Davies said
I love this show, and this is the best of both worlds – with the vision and joy of the BBC and Disney+ together we can launch the TARDIS all around the planet, reaching a new generation of fans while keeping our traditional home firmly on the BBC in the UK.
Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer said:
We are thrilled to announce this exciting global partnership with Disney who are the perfect partners to bring this very British show to the rest of the world. Russell T Davies’ vision for Doctor Who has always been out of this world and we are committed to ensuring that audiences across the globe get the opportunity to enjoy the Doctor’s epic adventures with the scale and ambition that they deserve. Joining forces with Disney will elevate the show to even greater heights and reach new audiences so it’s an extremely exciting time for fans in the UK and across the world.
Alisa Bowen, President, Disney Plus said:
We’re excited by the opportunity to bring new seasons of this beloved franchise exclusively to Disney+ and introduce the show to the next generation of audiences in more than 150 markets around the world. The series is a perfect addition to our ever-growing catalog of global content that continues to make Disney+ the home for exceptional storytelling.
Ayo Davis, President, Disney Branded Television said:
Doctor Who has captivated the imaginations of families around the world for the past six decades. We are so excited about this collaboration with the BBC, and the opportunity to bring this iconic franchise – and Russell T Davies’ brilliant vision – to life for a huge new global audience. Grab your sonic screwdrivers and prepare to travel through time and space!
Future seasons of the BBC hit series will be on Disney Plus
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Speaking about his return to the show, Tennant told BBC News
What a lovely, lovely thing to get to revisit something that was such a wonderful, happy, significant time in my life.
“You move on from it with a whole mixture of emotions,” said Tennant, who left the show in 2010. He continued:
And one of those is sadness and regret. So to be able to revisit that and to get another another shot, it was a total joy from start to finish. Doctor Who runs through my life, as if through a stick of rock really. It’s a show that I loved as a small child, I grew up obsessed with it. I went to get [fourth Doctor] Tom Baker’s autograph in Glasgow, John Menzies. I thought it was something that I would certainly never be as involved in again… it’s like being given the loveliest present. And I’m very, very excited. I’m thrilled and I hope people will enjoy the stories we’ve got to tell.”
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