Last year, Disney announced it was partnering with the BBC to bring new seasons of the classic British sci-fi series “Doctor Who” to fans around the world, with Disney+ as the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside the UK and Ireland, where it will continue to be shown on the BBC.
The two companies are working together on a shared creative vision, they will deliver this quintessentially British show to future generations on an unprecedented scale. The new series will see the return of Russell T Davies as showrunner, who was responsible for Doctor Who’s revival in 2005 and is credited with propelling the show into one of TV’s biggest hits. The show will be produced in Wales by Bad Wolf with BBC Studios Production.
The new episodes will premiere on BBC and Disney+ from late 2023 with the three-episode 60th anniversary special, starring David Tennant as the Doctor. This will be followed by a Christmas special episode, officially introducing Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor. So in 2024, season 14 of “Doctor Who” will return in 2024, with eight episodes and a Christmas special.
When the details of this new announcement were made, there were some conflicting reports about how big the budget for the new “Doctor Who” series would be, with some rumors that the budget had increased to £10 million per episode now that Disney was involved .
On the other hand, “Doctor Who” showrunner Russell T. Davies has clarified speculation about a budget for the new show in a recent edition of the official Doctor Who Magazine
“It has been exaggerated. If [£10 million per episode] was the budget, I would talk to you from my base on the moon. It is not the budget and I worry that such misinformation creates false expectations. Nevertheless, we have a lovely, handsome budget and we’re very happy with how we’re progressing with it.”
Executive producer Jane Tranter also added:
“It’s a very good budget for us. But we’re not Game of Thrones. Or The Rings of Power.”
The increase in budget from the investment from Disney will no doubt help the show, especially since the show uses a lot of special effects and will hopefully bring the franchise back to the heights it has been before.
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Source – RT