Big changes are ahead Doctor whoand that includes a new look for the TARDIS. Doctor who is coming to Disney+ outside of the UK and Ireland, starting with November’s 60th anniversary specials, which see David Tennant return to the series as the Fourteenth Doctor. While the Doctor may be returning to old faces, the TARDIS is getting a new one. We don’t know if this new TARDIS interior will appear with Tennant or debut with Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor in Season 14, but executive producer Joel Collins hints that the set is pushing the boundaries of time to make it something special.
“We went through several concepts with Russell [T. Davies, showrunner]and there was one global idea that was just too ambitious and impossible, but everyone loved,” says Collins in the latest Doctor Who magazine. “Once I put it in front of Russell, he’s too visually smart not to see it again. I’d say, ‘Yeah, yeah, but it’s totally crazy, it’s never going to happen.’ Then we started saying, ‘OK, how do we make this impossible space possible?'”
He continued, “Phil [Sims, production designer] brought in a brilliant engineer, who spent months trying to solve the technical riddle of this impossible, logic-defying set, which no sane person should have ever drawn. But that pretty much sums up the show…”
When will Doctor who yield?
Just days after Jodie Whittaker’s farewell episode, the BBC and Disney announced a plan to “transform”. Doctor who into a global franchise for UK audiences and the rest of the world.” Disney is rumored to have some creative control over the franchise and wants to give Doctor who a “Hollywood makeover,” though returning showrunner Russell T. Davies has clarified what Disney’s involvement means for the series.
“But now it wasn’t my idea, it was the BBC’s idea to go for a streamer to invest in the show globally, which I totally agree with,” Davies told GQ. “We’re not on the budget level with Star Wars and the Marvel shows. It’s better than it was, yeah yeah yeah. I mean every piece of television costs millions. We’re not allowed to talk about budget, and we’re not on that Star Wars – or Star Trek level, but it’s more than I’ve ever had to work with… it’s not 10 million per episode. Absolutely not. I wish it were, it would make my life easier. But we’re very smart about spending money I think Doctor who has learned more tricks over the years than other shows might.”
Doctor who will return in 2023 for its 60th anniversary specials ahead of 2024 season 14.
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