DOCTOR WHO Will Launch Simultaneously Worldwide With 2-Episode Premiere; New Poster And Key Art Revealed

DOCTOR WHO Will Launch Simultaneously Worldwide With 2-Episode Premiere; New Poster And Key Art Revealed DOCTOR WHO Will Launch Simultaneously Worldwide With 2-Episode Premiere; New Poster And Key Art Revealed

BBC and Disney+ have confirmed today that the new season of Doctor Who will debut simultaneously worldwide and, along with the premiere date, we have a poster, key art, and news on the next trailer...

By JoshWilding - Mar 15, 2024 08:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Who

BBC and Disney+ are teaming up for Russell T Davies' Doctor Who relaunch (explaining why Ncuti Gatwa's era will kick off with a new "season 1"), and it's been announced today (via that it will be the first-ever season to launch on the streamer and release simultaneously worldwide.

On Friday, May 10, at 7pm ET, two new episodes will hit Disney+ internationally and also the BCC iPlayer in the UK at 12am BST on May 11. Later that day, they'll air on BBC One before the annual Eurovision Song Contest. 

Disney+ has released new key art and a still featuring the Fifteenth Doctor, played by Gatwa, alongside his companion Ruby Sunday, portrayed by Millie Gibson. A brand-new trailer from Disney+ will debut next Friday, March 22, and we'll be bringing that to you the second it drops. 

This season of Doctor Who follows the Doctor and Ruby Sunday through infinite adventures across time and space in the TARDIS. From the Regency era in England to war-torn futures, the duo champion the forces of good while encountering incredible friends and dangerous foes.

Showrunner, executive producer and writer Russell T Davies said, "At last, it’s my great delight to unleash a whole new season of the Doctor and Ruby’s adventures together. Monsters! Chases! Villains! Mysteries! And a terrifying secret that’s been spanning time and space for decades. Don’t miss a second!"

The previously announced guest cast includes Aneurin Barnard, Anita Dobson, Yasmin Finney, Michelle Greenidge, Jonathan Groff, Bonnie Langford, Genesis Lynea, Jemma Redgrave, Lenny Rush, Indira Varma and Angela Wynter.

Doctor Who is produced by Bad Wolf, with BBC Studios for Disney Branded Television and BBC. Under the creative vision of Davies, the additional executive producers include Phil Collinson, Joel Collins, Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter. The new season features episodes directed by Ben Chessell, Jamie Donoughue, Julie Anne Robinson and Dylan Holmes Williams.

Take a look at the latest teasers for Doctor Who's return in the X posts below. 

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OriginalGusto1 - 3/15/2024, 8:22 PM
This show still exists? And, Americans are the dumb ones?
OriginalGusto1 - 3/15/2024, 8:23 PM
[frick] this...
DudeGuy - 3/15/2024, 8:50 PM
@OriginalGusto1 - agreed
JohnPain - 3/15/2024, 9:09 PM
@OriginalGusto1 -

Yeah, I don't know how this tired old show is still going.

Scarilian - 3/15/2024, 9:28 PM
@OriginalGusto1 -
Agreed, show should be laid to rest at this point.
MrDandy - 3/15/2024, 9:46 PM
@OriginalGusto1 - f*ck you “totally real gusto”. This franchise will never die!
marvel72 - 3/15/2024, 9:59 PM
@OriginalGusto1 - Yes they are because American company Disney is financing the show.
OriginalGusto1 - 3/15/2024, 10:22 PM
@MrDandy - promoted! The Gusto brand is immortal. [frick]ing finally!!!
OriginalGusto1 - 3/15/2024, 10:22 PM
Golden [frick]ing Ticket!
OriginalGusto1 - 3/15/2024, 10:31 PM
Do you really think we stand a chance?
batman001 - 3/16/2024, 6:01 AM
@marvel72 - It's a UK show there for the UK should be getting the better time slot and not the over way around and it's the UK audience that helps to pay for the show in the first place due to the TV licence fee.
philinterrupted - 3/16/2024, 6:45 AM
@OriginalGusto1 - you still exist?
marvel72 - 3/16/2024, 8:25 AM
@batman001 - It's available from 12:00AM on BBCIPLAYER but it is normally aired about 6/7 ish on BBC 1,So nothing has changed.
DocSpock - 3/16/2024, 11:34 AM
@OriginalGusto1 -

"Americans are the dumb ones"

Says only the goofy brits and people from other silly countries. The USA rocks!

DocSpock - 3/16/2024, 11:36 AM
@philinterrupted -

@OriginalGusto1 - you still exist?

Like Bigfoot, beer, & herpes, Gusto will always be with us.
batman001 - 3/16/2024, 1:13 PM
@marvel72 - Except the fact that the die hard fans of the show will now have to stay up until in this case 2 am to watch both of the episodes in order to avoid spoilers and would loose that community feeling.
TheVisionary25 - 3/15/2024, 8:43 PM
Sweet , can’t wait!!.

Looking forward to seeing more of The Doctor & Ruby Sunday together since I liked their chemistry & dynamic together in the Christmas special.

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This is the most excited I’ve been for the show in awhile!!.
XtremeXFan - 3/15/2024, 9:39 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Same, I realy liked the vibe they gave off together, and I feel like Ncuti Gatwa is already off to a great start, hope they keep that momentum going
TheFinestSmack - 3/15/2024, 8:59 PM
Hard no
Batmangina - 3/15/2024, 9:23 PM
Kickass! TWO episodes I can not watch.

[frick] this hollowed out cuckhole of a once great IP.

Scarilian - 3/15/2024, 9:26 PM
Not sure this show will last much longer. BBC have already basically cut down the episode count by nearly half, dropping form 14 Episodes (13 + Special) to 8 Episodes with this series - of which the first two episodes are being aired on the same day.

I wouldn't be surprised if it turns into how the BBC handled Sherlock where we wind up with three episodes a year until the contract with Disney expires or is cancelled and BBC shelves the series.
Taonrey - 3/16/2024, 3:14 AM
@Scarilian - probably for the best, the writers over there haven’t done this show any favors.
MrDandy - 3/15/2024, 9:51 PM
Honestly….I’m very optimistic on this. The Christmas special sucked but reinventing The Doctor as your magic, mystical gay best friend somehow works for me in the same way as when Moffat reinvented him as an imaginary friend returning in adulthood. Also the actor is legitimately funny and if they can get the writing crew behind it, I thing this could be a winner.
DocSpock - 3/15/2024, 10:21 PM

I wondered how they could make this show worse before its long overdue death.

Now I know.

InfraMan - 3/16/2024, 8:05 AM
@DocSpock - Just curious, what aspect of this newest iteration is making it worse?
DocSpock - 3/16/2024, 10:30 AM
@InfraMan -

The show sucks & is not entertaining.

Nice try.
philinterrupted - 3/16/2024, 5:29 AM
Wow the hate for this show here is odd.

Excited that it’ll be 2 episodes. So far it’s been an improvement over the Chibnal years.
TheVisionary25 - 3/16/2024, 5:44 AM
@philinterrupted - yep , sucks it’ll only be 8 episodes per season now but hope they are good ones.

This site is littered with hate for pretty much everything now so DW also being a part of it isn’t surprising.
Mugens - 3/16/2024, 5:49 AM
Simple solution. Those who hate the show or think that its glory days have long passed, don't watch. The rest of us will at least give it a chance to see how this season goes. I found that the Christmas episode was a good start. What I really want to know is why the actress playing Ruby Tuesday will be leaving after this one season.
batman001 - 3/16/2024, 5:59 AM
@Mugens - Well firstly it's Ruby Sunday not Ruby Tuesday and secondly it's been confirmed that she will be around for awhile in the next series but how long that will be right now is anyone's guess really.
batman001 - 3/16/2024, 6:05 AM
While I fully support the idea of the show airing it's first two episodes as that means more Doctor Who content on the exact same day i'm not fully behind the idea of the UK audience having to stay up until midnight to watch the show on BBCIPLayer as lets be real here alot fo spoilers will drop for those episodes very quickly and with the show being a UK show that is helped to be payed for by the UK audience it would make alot more sense to appeal to those audience members first then it does to appeal to the Americans with this whole thing feeling like something that was imposed upon the production team by Disney as even Russel T. Davies himself has been found out liking comments on Instagram that are against the idea of the UK getting the worst time slot when compared to the American Doctor Who fanbase.
philinterrupted - 3/16/2024, 6:44 AM
@batman001 - yeah, I think releasing it worldwide UK time would be the best for everyone.
Apophis71 - 3/16/2024, 7:11 AM
@batman001 - Well if your in bed you can't read spoilers and should be easy enough to avoid them till you can stream or even till later that same day when it is on TV, lol.

Is a tad off to be on iplayer first not TV first but the Beeb has been doing the more often of late with a number of dramas to push their streaming service more (but could also be part of the contract negotiation with Disney).

The show has been making more money than it costs to produce and less than a 24hr window tween online and live airing so shouldn't REALY be too much of an issue for anyone but does also provide an opportunity for parents to watch first whilst kids are in bed which may work for some with concerns on suitability for younger children.
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