Doctor Who, a monumental part of television history, is set to undergo a significant transformation in its 60-year legacy in 2023. The upcoming developments promise a vibrant and exciting future for the beloved sci-fi series. To start, the return of David Tennant, adored by fans for his previous portrayal of the Tenth Doctor, marks the show’s anniversary with three special episodes. Tennant will embody a wholly new incarnation, now the fourteenth Doctor. Alongside Tennant’s return, Ncuti Gatwa will take on the iconic role as the Fifteenth Doctor, beginning with Christmas 2023 and spanning at least two seasons.
However, these changes aren’t the only cause for enthusiasm within the Doctor Who community. In a groundbreaking partnership, the BBC and Disney have joined forces to propel the next chapter of the Whoniverse. This collaboration signifies a significant boost in resources, with Disney Plus set to exclusively stream new episodes internationally, thanks to the infusion of support from the entertainment giant.
For eager fans anticipating the Doctor’s adventures on Disney Plus, the timeline is set. The Doctor’s journey across time and space will begin on Nov. 25, 2023, with the release of Tennant’s first special, “The Star Beast.” American viewers can catch the premiere at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET, aligning with the BBC One airtime of 6:30 p.m. in the U.K. Subsequent specials will follow, airing weekly on the next two Saturdays — Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, coinciding with Doctor Who’s birthday on Nov. 23, making it a perfect celebration for the new era.
However, it’s essential to note that, as of November 2023, past seasons of the modern Doctor Who series aren’t yet available on Disney Plus. Fans hoping for a comprehensive library spanning from Christopher Eccleston’s tenure to Jodie Whittaker’s reign will have to seek alternatives. In the U.S., HBO Max offers streaming of the modern series, while BBC iPlayer caters to U.K. audiences. For classic Doctor Who, BritBox remains a go-to platform, accessible in multiple countries including the U.K., U.S., Canada, and Australia via an Amazon Prime subscription.