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Doctor Who’s Budget to Rise to £100 Million Per Series, Thanks to Disney+?

Broadcast is reporting that Doctor Who‘s budget will be tripled, so that each series will have an estimated £100 million spent across the season.

That’s apparently thanks to Disney+, the platform that’s secured the streaming rights to Doctor Who across the world — except, that is, in the UK, where it’ll keep its traditional home on the BBC.

A mysterious source told Broadcast:

“The BBC had to make the decision for the future success of Doctor Who because any show of scale needs a partner. Reliability is the most important factor irrespective of how many episodes you make or who the Doctor is…

“If you can bring in a single partner with one distribution agreement, while retaining exclusivity in the UK, that is the best of both worlds for the BBC.”

Sure, you may sniff at this suggestion, seeing as it’s not been confirmed by the BBC just yet, but Broadcast is a reliable publication, and there have been plenty of rumours that the deal with Disney+ would result in an increased budget. £100 million is quite astonishing, though!

Plus it makes sense that Disney+ would want to invest; and it would’ve given new showrunner, Russell T Davies, further reason to make such a deal alongside production team, Bad Wolf.

Broadcast reports that, as is, Doctor Who has a £1 million to £3 million per episode budget, so with the £100 million estimate, we can infer that we can expect 10 episodes per season, potentially plus Christmas specials.

It’s also heavily rumoured (and expected, really) that Disney+ is keen for Davies and co. to develop spin-offs akin to The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood too.

Exciting times ahead, DWC readers…

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who’s Budget to Rise to £100 Million Per Series, Thanks to Disney+?

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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