Doctor Who season 14 will premiere simultaneously around the world on May 10

Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson will kick off the 14th season of Doctor Who at the same time on the BBC iPlayer in the U.K. and on Disney+ everywhere else.
The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in Doctor Who.
The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in Doctor Who. /

Whovians, rejoice! We have a premiere date for the 14th season of Doctor Who, and it's international. According to Deadline, the new season will drop its first episode on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. EST on Disney+ in most parts of the world except for the United Kingdom, where it will air at the same time on the BBC's iPlayer streaming service. The UK is a few hours ahead of folks on the east coast, so it'll drop on iPlayer at midnight on May 11 before airing linearly later the same day on the BBC. This is a simultaneous release, which should please British fans who were concerned that the rest of the world would get to see the new episode of this extremely British TV series before they would.

Doctor Who, of course, is the decades-old sci-fi show about a time-traveling alien and his revolving door of plucky companions who travel the universe having adventures. The series has a new sense of energy behind it since Russell T Davies — who revived the series for the modern era in 2005 — returned as showrunner, casting Ncuti Gatwa as the new Doctor and Millie Gibson as his companion Ruby Sunday, although apparently Gibson won't be sticking around for long after this upcoming season.

Davies got people excited about Doctor Who again in part by bringing back David Tennant — who played the popular Tenth Doctor back in the late 2000s — for a series of well-received specials. Now we see if he can keep that momentum going with a new Doctor and a new set of adventures.

Ahead of those specials, Disney+ secured the rights to air new episodes of Doctor Who outside of the UK, a deal that some thought troublesome given the show's deep British roots. What is the Mouse doing pawing this series? But there are advantages, namely that Disney has been able to inject some budget into the show, so we can expect the new episodes to have an upgraded level of visual fidelity. And again, the show is still airing on the BBC in the UK. God save the space queen.

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