After the recent massive Doctor Who surprise (tl;dr: David Tennant will return as the 14th Doctor for three specials before Ncuti Gatwa takes over as the 15th Doctor), now comes another massive chunk of news:
Outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland, Disney Plus will be the only streaming service to offer new episodes of Doctor Who.
Beginning in late 2023, showrunner Russel T. Davis will once again take control of Doctor Who after having done so in 2005 for the revival. Davis stated in a press statement that they are hoping to expand the show’s reach outside the United Kingdom thanks to this collaboration.
‘This is the best of both worlds,’ he gushed about the show he was watching. Together, the BBC and Disney+ will allow the TARDIS to be launched worldwide, bringing the show to a whole new audience while also maintaining the show’s traditional home on the BBC in the UK.
Also released today was a new logo that takes clear cues from classic Doctor Who. When the performance returns the following year, the relationship will formally begin.
When a new season of the show debuts on BBC, it will also be available on Disney Plus. However, anyone interested in catching up on the show will require at least two streaming subscriptions, as it looks like the older episodes will continue to stream on HBO Max.
— Disney+ (@DisneyPlus) October 25, 2022