Disney set to increase Doctor Who Budget
It appears that Disney and the BBC have a co-production deal that will be a huge boost to the long-running sci-fi series’ budget for Doctor Who.
A new report from the UK TV industry press site Broadcast claims that the BBC’s recent deal with Disney, which grants The Walt Disney Company, with worldwide streaming rights to the series outside of the UK and Ireland from 2023 onwards—could see Doctor Who’s budget raise from its current approximate $1.1-3.4 million per episode to approximately $11.5 million per episode when filming begins for the show’s 14th season.
Related: Doctor Who Coming to Disney+ in 2023
Under a shared creative vision, they will deliver this quintessentially British show to future generations on an unprecedented scale with Disney+ as the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside the UK and Ireland.
The new episodes will premiere on the BBC and Disney+ beginning in late 2023 for fans all over the world. The show will be produced in Wales by Bad Wolf with BBC Studios Productions.
Russell T Davies says: “I love this show, and this is the best of both worlds – with the vision and joy of the BBC and Disney+ together we can launch the TARDIS all around the planet, reaching a new generation of fans while keeping our traditional home firmly on the BBC in the UK.”
Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer says: “We are thrilled to announce this exciting global partnership with Disney who are the perfect partners to bring this very British show to the rest of the world. Russell T Davies’ vision for Doctor Who has always been out of this world and we are committed to ensuring that audiences across the globe get the opportunity to enjoy the Doctor’s epic adventures with the scale and ambition that they deserve. Joining forces with Disney will elevate the show to even greater heights and reach new audiences so it’s an extremely exciting time for fans in the UK and across the world.”
The new episodes of Doctor Who will return to screens in November 2023 to coincide with the 60th anniversary and will premiere exclusively on the BBC for the UK and Ireland.
David Tennant will play the Fourteenth Doctor for three specials before Ncuti Gatwa takes over the role of the Fifteenth Doctor over the festive season.
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