'Doctor Who' heads to Disney+ for global audiences, fans ask 'will previous seasons be available?'

'Doctor Who' heads to Disney+ for global audiences, fans ask 'will previous seasons be available?'
David Tennant as the 14th Doctor in 'Doctor Who' (BBC Studios) and the new logo of 'Doctor Who' (Twitter/Disney+)

Doctor Who’ is undoubtedly one of the most-loved shows in the world right now. The British science-fiction program began in 1963 and depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called the Doctor, an extraterrestrial being who appears to be human. The series originally ran from 1963 to 1989 and had 26 seasons. In 2005, BBC started the show once again and since then, it has been one of the most popular shows in the UK and across the globe. However, things are going to change in 2023 and global fans will have more access to ‘Doctor Who’ content.

BBC and Disney recently announced that the upcoming seasons of ‘Doctor Who’ will be exclusively available for streaming on Disney+ for people who are living outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Actor Ncuti Gatwa, who will be playing the 15th Doctor in the long-running and widely popular series, announced the partnership between BBC and Disney+ on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’. The ‘Sex Education’ star said that this is a “historical partnership”  between BBC and Disney+ and ‘Doctor Who’ is now “accessible” to the world.

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The news was then confirmed on social media when the official Twitter page of Disney+ shared a photo of the new ‘Doctor Who’ logo and captioned the image as, “It’s almost time for #DoctorWho’s next generation! Coming in 2023 to #DisneyPlus.”

In another exciting news for ‘Doctor Who’ fans, actor David Tennant will be returning to the show as the 14th Doctor for three specials before Gatwa takes on the role of the aforementioned character. Meanwhile, the man behind the show’s revival, Russell T Davies, will also be returning to take control of the show.

As soon as the news of the series moving to Disney+ surfaced online, fans were really excited to know that the show will be more accessible now and they can watch the show whenever they want. One of the fans wrote, “Literally, my favorite show of all time and finally, I can watch it whenever I want.” Another fan tweeted, “This is the best news ever.” Another social media user said, “This is quite exciting, to say the least.” Meanwhile, there were some who wanted Disney to have no creative control over the series. One of the users wrote, “Disney better not screw this up.”

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Even though people were happy with the decision, a lot of people asked the same question: will the older episodes be available for streaming as well? One of the fans tweeted, “So real question, is that also going to include streaming all the other seasons?” Another Twitter user wrote, “Will it only be season from the 14th Doctor? Or will we still be able to catch 9-13 also?”

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Even if you are outside the US, you don’t need to worry about the new episodes because the official ‘Doctor Who’ Twitter page announced that the upcoming specials and new seasons will be available on Disney+ for the rest of the world.

Jodie Whitaker played the 13th Doctor and played the iconic character from Seasons 11-13. In the final episode of ‘Doctor Who’ 2022 specials, The Master wounds the Doctor, causing her to regenerate into the 14th Doctor, who discovers that he has regained the form of his tenth incarnation. The tenth incarnation of the Doctor was played by David Tennant and he will be returning for three specials that will be a part of the show’s 60th-anniversary celebrations. Apart from Tennant, actor Catherine Tate will also return to the show as Donna Noble.

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Catherine Tate as Donna Noble in 'Doctor Who' (BBC Studios)
Catherine Tate as Donna Noble in 'Doctor Who' (BBC Studios)

The 60th-anniversary specials will be arriving on BBC and Disney+ in November 2023 and would be the first ‘Doctor Who’ episodes to be released internationally on the streaming platform.

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