Fans Worried Disney Will “Destroy” Iconic Sci-Fi Series

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Credit: BBC/Disney+

After sixty years of the iconic TV show Doctor Who, the television series premiered its sixtieth-anniversary special trailer for fans.

For decades now, the British television show Doctor Who has been making waves. A show that first debuted in 1963. It follows the adventures of a Time Lord called the Doctor, who is an alien who appears to be human. The Doctor explores the universe in a spaceship called the TARDIS, which can also travel through time, immediately recognizable by its blue British police box exterior. The Doctor travels through space and time with various companions, combats foes, and works to save civilizations to help people in need.

The series is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and not only does it have three brand-new specials, but it also brings exciting news for Disney fans.

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The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), Tenth Doctor & Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant), Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) in Doctor Who / Credit: BBC

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Will Doctor Who Come to Disney Plus?

The iconic British sci-fi series Doctor Who is set to embark on an exhilarating journey through time and space as it finds a new home on the popular streaming platform Disney+. This monumental move has ignited a wave of excitement among Whovians worldwide, who can now immerse themselves in the timeless adventures of the Doctor and their loyal companions.

With Doctor Who joining the ranks of Disney+, the streaming giant further solidifies its position as a hub for captivating and diverse content, catering to its growing audience’s varied interests and passions.

Particularly notable is that BBC and Disney+ released trailers for each of the three specials on October 25, 2023.

The three specials, titled “The Star Beast” (November 25), “Wild Blue Yonder” (December 2), and “The Giggle” (December 9), will reunite the Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna Temple-Noble (Catherine Tate). Temple-Noble and the Doctor will take on their most terrifying villain yet: the Toymaker (played by Neil Patrick Harris in his Doctor Who debut.

The three Doctor Who specials will debut globally on Disney+ and will debut on BBC in the UK and Ireland.

In addition, Yasmin Finney joins the cast as Rose Temple-Noble, Miriam Margolyes as the voice of the Meep, and Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne Bingham. Jacqueline King returns as Sylvia Noble, Karl Collins as Shaun Temple, and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart.


Ncuti Gatwa will take over as the fifteenth doctor after the specials.

However, while this should simply be cause for joy and excitement, some fans are worried that the deal to stream Doctor Who on Disney+ could mean Disney could influence the storytelling of the British television series. This, fans are not happy about.

One fan shared, “I hope Disney doesn’t destroyed Dr.Who as they did with Star Wars.”

Whatever the future of Doctor Who holds, fans are thrilled with the return of David Tennant to the show, and this writer is certainly incredibly excited for what’s to come.


About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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