In a major round of streaming-related news, Disney+ has announced that they have acquired the streaming rights of BBC’s Doctor Who and will stream all upcoming seasons of the show on the streaming service outside of the U.K. and Ireland. The upcoming season of Doctor Who will see Sex Education‘s Ncuti Gatwa become the fifteenth Doctor, with David Tennant playing the fourteenth Doctor for three specials to coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary.
In a statement, showrunner Russell T. Davies said that he loves “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.”
Meanwhile, Charlotte Moore of the BBC is “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.”
Ayo Davis, who is the president of Disney Branded Television, expressed that “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!”
BBC Studios’ CEO, Rebecca Glasgow, is also “delighted to join forces with a partner who shares our vision and ambition for one of the most iconic shows in British TV history. This is great news for everyone who loves Doctor Who, and for all the new fans we will reach through this powerful partnership.”
Finally, Bad Wolf’s Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner explained that “For Doctor Who to have the backing of two of the most innovative and respected media organizations in the world is a testament to the unique drive and vision at the heart of this show. Bad Wolf are beyond delighted to be once again working with the genius that is Russell T Davies and, with the exciting new partnership between the BBC and Disney, we can together reach to even greater heights, producing from Wolf Studios Wales ambitious stories through time and space for audiences across the globe.”
Source: Disney (press release)