It looks as though Mickey Mouse will be taking a ride in the TARDIS as Doctor Who episodes will soon stream on Disney Plus.
Appearing on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the upcoming 15th Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa, announced that Doctor Who streaming rights are moving to Disney Plus beginning with his episodes in late 2023. It was later clarified that this will be in all territories outside of the UK and Ireland, and that, for now, all of the other episodes will remain with HBO Max in the U.S.
“I love this show, and this is the best of both worlds – with the vision and joy of the BBC and Disney Plus 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.
“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,” Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer said. “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.”
“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,” said Jane Tranter & Julie Gardner, Executive Producers and Co-founders, Bad Wolf. “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.”
David Tennant will be playing the 14th Doctor over three specials in 2023, which will speak to the mystery of how that came to be as he was already the 10th Doctor.