Doctor Who Coming To Disney+?

Doctor Who has spent the last 60 years on BBC, and now a new deal with Disney could be struck, bringing the science fiction series over to Disney+.

By James Brizuela | Published

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BBC has long been the home of Doctor Who, as the series has been part of the network for over nearly 6 decades. However, the long-standing franchise is going through a bit of a revival once again. Russell T Davies is taking over producing duties again, much like he had when the show dipped in viewership in the early 2000s. Based on this new take on the series, it has been announced that Disney is attempting to partner with BBC to bring the newly revamped series over to Disney+. This would be huge for the series and would likely result in a huge addition of new fans.

Doctor Who is being revamped with Davies, as it has been stated the franchise is wanting to go a different direction in terms of building a sort of multiverse. The same thing is going on with Marvel and DC, so why not add Doctor Who to the mix. There are meant to be more spinoff shows and films added to transform the long-standing series into something more than it currently has been. That would make sense then as to why BBC would entertain the idea of bringing the new series over to Disney+. This new revival starts with the new doctor, Ncuti Gatwa. Gatwa is the first black actor to take on the role of the Time Lord. He was famously in Sex Education, before being offered the titular role in the new revamped series.

Disney+ is certainly a great place for Doctor Who to end up at. Other platforms might not have the same type of pull or similar audience demographics that would benefit the British science-fiction show. We see Doctor Who as being more involved with kid or family-friendly subject matter, so the relationship between BBC and Disney makes complete sense. We are not entirely sure if that means the entire series is going to be brought over, but it sounds like the idea is to bring the new version of the show first. They could test audiences want to bring in the nearly 60-year span of previously episodes.

Doctor Who may have still been relevant with Jodie Whittaker as the new Time Lord, but BBC might not have seen the investment they wanted from bringing her in. With how Russell T Davies brought Doctor Who into prominence in the early 2000s, he has likely been brought on to replicate that success. Now that success could further be helped by Doctor Who being shown on Disney+. It truly makes sense and should have happened a long time ago.

Doctor Who is going to wrap up Jodie Whittaker’s time as the Time Lord this fall, and then 2023 will see Ncuti Gatwa take on the time as the new doctor. There is no telling how successful he will be in the role, but Davies has full faith in the man to take the series to a level that it has not been at yet. Should BBC strike a deal with Disney+ and bring over Doctor Who, we think it’s a recipe for huge success. The show will be far more accessible for people living in the United States as well.