When does Doctor Who return? Newest episode confirms release window

It's official: the next season of Doctor Who (which BBC is calling "season 1") is coming in the spring of 2024.
The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in Doctor Who.
The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in Doctor Who. /

The other night, Doctor Who aired its annual Christmas special. This one -- "The Church on Ruby Road" -- was a particularly special special. Not only was it the first full episode to feature actor Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor (taking over from David Tennant as the Fourteenth) but it sets up a brand new season of adventures for him and new companion Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson). How brand new? The trailer for the next season -- technically season 14 if we start measuring from when Christopher Eccleston debuted as the Ninth Doctor back in 2005 -- as "season 1."

That's pretty bold to call your new season "season 1." That implies a new beginning for Doctor Who, which to be fair has made a speciality of being born over and over again throughout the decades. The 2005 revival was only the latest birth. Doctor Who has been on in some form since 1963, so if there's any show that can get away with declaring the start of a new era for itself, it's this one.

As for when we'll see season 14/1, we got a release window at the end of "The Church on Ruby Road": the next season of Doctor Who will air in THE SPRING OF 2024.

For the record, that means it will drop sometime between March 19 and June 19, although we don't know exactly when. Whenever the premiere appears, it will be on BBC in the UK and on Disney+ everywhere else.

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