Get ready to fire up the Tardis.
Disney+ is now the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside the U.K. and Ireland.
New episodes will premiere on the BBC and Disney+ in November 2021 to coincide with the 60th anniversary. David Tennant, who also played the 10th Doctor, will play the 14th Doctor for three specials before Ncuti Gatwa takes over the role of the 15th Doctor.
“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 U.K.,” returning showrunner Russell T Davies said in a statement.
Gatwa made the partnership announcement during an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, beginning a new collaboration between BBC and Disney Branded Television.
“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,” Disney+ president Alisa Bowen said in a statement. “The series is a perfect addition to our ever-growing catalog of global content that continues to make Disney+ the home for exceptional storytelling.”
BBC’s CCO Charlotte Moore reiterated that excitement, calling Disney the “perfect” partner to bring the show internationally.
“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 U.K. and across the world,” Moore said.