Disney is reportedly hot to lock in the next season of Doctor Who for Disney+ according to Bloomberg.
The upcoming season sees former showrunner Russell T Davies returning to the Tardis after an extended absence, and casts Ncuti Gatwa as the next incarnation of the Doctor.
The talks are in the early stages and there’s no guarantee a deal will be reached, according to people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. The show would potentially air globally on the Disney+ streaming service. The BBC would also air the program.Disney, like other media companies, is looking to bulk up on established entertainment properties as it builds its global streaming service.
It seems like Disney is trying to build out Disney+ to be more than just family-friendly entertainment. This week it was announced that R-rated offerings like Deadpool and Logan are being added to the platform.
While Doctor Who is safely PG or PG-13, it’s still a bit of a departure for Disney if the rumors are true. Disney doesn’t own Doctor Who, and it would indicate that they’re reaching outside of their own IP to pad out content for Disney+.
(Eh, maybe we’d get a Doctor Who attraction in Epcot’s UK Pavilion if a deal is reached? Probably not.)
Davies return to the show is highly anticipated by many fans. The ratings during previous showrunner Chris Chibnall’s run reached an all-time series low. Chief complaints included boring writing, ham-fisted politically correct storylines and an incredibly divisive retcon to the origin of the Doctor.
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