Disney Buys Doctor Who?
- Patrick Hunter
The Walt Disney Company has inked a deal that will see the popular BBC series ‘Doctor Who’ land on Disney+ around the world.
Who owns the Doctor Who franchise?
|Production companies||BBC Studios Bad Wolf BBC (1963–1989) BBC Worldwide (1996) Universal Pictures (1996) BBC Wales (2005–2018) BBC Studios (2018–pres.) Bad Wolf (2023)|
|Original network||BBC One / HD BBC One (1963–present) Fox (1996) BBC HD (2009–2010) BBC One HD (2010–present)|
The series is an ideal addition to our ever-expanding library of global content, which continues to establish Disney+ as the premier destination for exceptional storytelling.” Although Gatwa’s official tenure as the 15th Doctor will begin in late 2023, David Tennant will return for three specials before then.
Rebecca Glashow, CEO, Global Distribution, BBC Studios, stated, “We are delighted to join forces with a partner who shares our vision and ambition for one of the most iconic shows in British television history.” This is fantastic news for all Doctor Who fans, as well as all the new fans we will gain through this partnership.
: In a landmark streaming deal, ‘Doctor Who’ is headed to Disney+.
Is Doctor Who for sale?
Sony Pictures Television has officially acquired Bad Wolf, the company that will produce the fourteenth season of Doctor Who. Sony acquired a majority stake in the independent production company, whose credits include His Dark Materials and I Hate Suzie.
The deal also includes the Wolf Studios Wales facility in Cardiff as well as a minority stake in Bad Wolf America. Russell T. Davies, who will return as showrunner for Doctor Who’s 60th year, will enlist Bad Wolf to produce the upcoming season, which will premiere on BBC One in 2023 and feature a new Doctor.
Former BBC executives Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter founded the company in 2015, and while Sky, HBO, and Access Entertainment previously held stakes in it, Sony has now acquired them. Tranter told Deadline about the deal, “The last five years have been incredibly rewarding as we’ve built a production infrastructure and creative community at Wolf Studios Wales that could compete with any TV production in the world.” Sony Pictures Television shares our vision for the future of the company, and their immediate comprehension and belief in the Bad Wolf ethos make them the ideal partners for our future.” By entering your information, you consent to our terms and conditions and privacy statement.
You may opt out at any time. The news that Sony had acquired Bad Wolf was first reported in October, with Sony signing a £60 million deal to acquire the independent developer. Sony has also acquired Silvergate Media, Whisper, and Sex Education producer Eleven within the past two years, in addition to Bad Wolf.
The series 13 finale of Doctor Who will air on BBC One on Sunday, December 5th. Check out our dedicated Science Fiction page or our TV Guide for more information.