Wednesday 15 March 2023

Doctor Who spin-offs teased with Disney+

The Whoniverse is about to expand with rumours of at least two new Doctor Who spin-offs as part of a creative partnership with Disney+.

One of which is a UNIT spin-off said to star Jemma Redgrave reprising her role as Kate Stewart (daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart).

A monster spin-off is also said to be in the works featuring the Daleks.

Returning series showrunner Russell T Davies (It's A Sin) has already overseen successful spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures (available on BBC iPlayer) during his previous tenure.

Disney+ is the exclusive home of Doctor Who outside the UK and Ireland. Addressing concerns from some fans regarding the involvement of Disney with the BBC's long-running sci-fi series.

"I know people are, naturally, worried about American producers having notes on things," Davies wrote in an issue of Doctor Who Magazine (DWM) in January.

"Well, don’t be. They’re giving excellent notes."

He added: "And I’m here to tell you, you haven’t watched a drama on British television in 20 years that hasn’t had American notes on it. Everything is a co-production… it’s really, completely normal."

The budget for Ncuti Gatwa's upcoming series in 2024 is reportedly $10 million per episode. That's some serious cash for a shiny new TARDIS at Bad Wolf Studios.

Doctor Who returns for three 60th anniversary specials, starring David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), this November on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and Disney+.

Are you looking forward to new Doctor Who spin-offs? Let me know in the comments below.

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