Disney+ announced last week that it will be the new streaming home of Doctor Who. Fans seemed to be divided by that news, but the goal of this is to “transform Doctor Who into a global franchise for UK audiences and the rest of the world.” Now, there’s a new report that’s appeared that I don’t think a lot of fans are going to appreciate.
According to a report from The Telegraph, Disney is planning on giving Doctor Who a “Hollywood makeover” when the upcoming 60th anniversary season comes to Disney+ outside of the United Kingdom.
It’s described that Disney “will have a say in creative decisions for Doctor Who, under the terms of a co-production deal made with the BBC over its long-running sci-fi series.” However, showrunner Russell T Davies will retain the overall creative vision for the show.
Disney is also looking to give the show a “vast budget beyond the BBC’s means, allowing for more cinematic production values and more stars.” But, is said that these higher budgets for the production are “commercially sensitive, and have not been revealed.”
Disney’s Doctor Who will start with the release of the Doctor Who 60th-anniversary specials, which are coming in November 2023. These specials see David Tennant coming back to the franchise as the Fourteenth Doctor. After Tennant’s run as The Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa will take over as the Fifteenth Doctor.