When will Doctor Who move to Disney+?
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Doctor Who is on the move for everywhere outside of the UK and Ireland. It’s moving to the House of Mouse, but when will that happen?
Disney is taking over the world one TV franchise at a time. The latest move has been to acquire the rights to Doctor Who. While it will remain with the BBC in the UK and Ireland, it is on the move elsewhere.
Right now, we can watch the episodes on BBC America in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi in Canada. The episodes stream on AMC+ to start and then move to HBO Max, while in Canada, they are on Crave. That’s all about to change.
As of next year, new episodes will air on Disney+. Here’s what we know so far.
Doctor Who 60th Anniversary special on Disney+
The series is heading to Disney+ in time for the 60th Anniversary special. That will take place in November 2023, and we’ll see David Tennant back in the role as The Doctor. Technically, this is the 14th Doctor, but really, we’re seeing No. 10. It’s never been done before, and we’re hoping the 60th Anniversary episode has a chance to explain it.
There will be a new face soon, and likely at the end of the special. We’ll see Ncuti Gatwa take on the iconic role.
What’s not clear is whether the episodes will still be available to purchase after they air. We usually see this series head to Digital and then DVD, but will that happen when it moves to streaming instead of on a network? Probably considering the way other network-turned-streaming shows have worked.
What about older episodes of the series? It’s not clear when they will move to Disney+. HBO Max currently still has the rights, but those rights could expire at the end of 2022. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the plans.
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Doctor Who* will stream on Disney+ in 2023 in both U.S. and Canada.