Disney Reportedly Seeking The Rights To Stream ‘Doctor Who’
It’s a truly out-of-this-world collaboration that no one saw coming.
According to Bloomberg, The Walt Disney Company is in active discussions with the BBC to acquire the streaming rights to the upcoming Doctor Who series.
The site notes that the discussions are “private” and in the very “early stages.” While this would make fans of the popular franchise happy, like any ordinary negotiation, there is a possibility it may not happen.
Should a deal be reached, the series would stream on Disney+ globally, and would further solidify the platform’s spot as the world’s most popular catalog of content.
What makes the upcoming Doctor Who series so significant? Well, it’ll feature the franchise’s first ever Black Doctor. Ncuti Gatwa, most known for Netflix’s Sex Education, is expected to take the reigns from current Doctor Jodie Whittaker later this year.
For those unfamiliar with the 60 year-old series, it revolves around an eccentric alien known as The Doctor who travels across space and time aimlessly in a phone booth-sized ship known as the T.A.R.D.I.S. Throughout the years, The Doctor had countless companions, made numerous enemies, and even saved the universe a few times.
Similar to James Bond, the character has been played by numerous actors since the beginning, including Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World), David Tennant (A.K.A Jessica Jones), and Matt Smith (Morbius). The change in appearance every few years is attributed to the character’s need to “regenerate” from time to time.
Currently, most of the episodes (of the entire series) are available HBO Max. It’s unclear how this deal may impact that agreement.