‘Doctor Who’ to Move to Disney+ Globally, Will Still Air on BBC in UK

The new joint venture between BBC and Disney Branded Television has the sci-fi series shifting away from BBC America and AMC+ for global streaming

Jodi Whittaker as Doctor Who (BBC America)
Casey Crafford/BBC America/BBC Studios

“Doctor Who” is getting a new home for its global audience.

BBC and Disney Branded Television announced Tuesday that as part of a new joint venture, new episodes of “Doctor Who” will air outside the U.K. and Ireland exclusively on Disney+, shifting away from its current home of BBC America and AMC+.

Meanwhile, the BBC will continue hosting new episodes of the beloved sci-series in its native U.K. and Ireland.

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“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,” said showrunner Russell T. Davies in a statement.

“Doctor Who has captivated the imaginations of families around the world for the past six decades,” said Ayo Davis, President, Disney Branded Television. “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!”

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer, added, “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.”

“Sex Education” and soon-to-be “Doctor Who” star Ncuti Gatwa first announced the news of the shift and partnership Tuesday while interviewing on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” The new episodes will premiere on the BBC and Disney+ beginning in late 2023 for fans all over the world. Franchise veteran David Tennant will play the 14th Doctor for three specials before Gatwa takes over.

The new season of “Doctor Who” will be produced in Wales by Bad Wolf with BBC Studios Production.