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March 15th, 2024 10 comments

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Doctor Who Returns on Saturday 11th May 2024

Doctor Who returns with BBC iPlayer midnight double bill and BBC One Who-rovision night on 11 May as the Doctor launches into the Whoniverse on iPlayer and Disney+

At last, it’s my great delight to unleash a whole new season of the Doctor and Ruby’s adventures together. Monsters! Chases! Villains! Mysteries! And a terrifying secret that’s been spanning time and space for decades. Don’t miss a second!
— Russell T Davies, Showrunner

Doctor Who is set to make an explosive return on 11 May.

The TARDIS will make its global premiere around the Whoniverse and for those in the UK, for the first time ever, the Doctor will land with two episodes premiering on BBC iPlayer at 00:00 on Saturday, before arriving on BBC One later that day right before the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final.

At the same time, those outside of the UK can watch the Doctor and Ruby on their epic adventures as the TARDIS is set to land on Disney+ where available.

Viewers in the UK will now be able to watch whenever and wherever they choose, with the option to watch from midnight on BBC iPlayer or tune in at primetime on Saturday nights on BBC One.
Watch the teaser to find out what’s in store for The Doctor and Ruby Sunday

The new season of Doctor Who will see Ncuti Gatwa return as the Fifteenth Doctor, alongside Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday, it comes after they made their highly acclaimed debut on Christmas Day in The Church on Ruby Road. Within the upcoming series, audiences will see the Doctor and Ruby travel through time and space on adventures to unknown lands, to the Regency era in England, to outer space worlds and the sixties.

This season will also see the return of Michelle Greenidge as Carla Sunday, Angela Wynter as Cherry Sunday and Anita Dobson as Mrs Flood as well as featuring an array of special guest stars including Jinkx Monsoon, Aneurin Barnard, Yasmin Finney, Jonathan Groff, Bonnie Langford, Jemma Redgrave, Lenny Rush and Indira Varma with more to be announced soon.

Russell T Davies, Showrunner says: “At last, it’s my great delight to unleash a whole new season of the Doctor and Ruby’s adventures together. Monsters! Chases! Villains! Mysteries! And a terrifying secret that’s been spanning time and space for decades. Don’t miss a second!”

Doctor Who is produced by Bad Wolf with BBC Studios for the BBC and Disney Branded Television.

The BBC is the exclusive home of Doctor Who in the UK as it premieres at 00:00 on Saturday May 11 on BBC iPlayer and will then air on BBC One that evening. Outside the UK, Doctor Who begins streaming 10 May at 7pm ET on Disney+ where available, giving audiences a simultaneous global launch.

An episode will continue to drop on BBC iPlayer at 00:00 on Saturdays, followed by a primetime slot on BBC One each week following that.



  • James Lee

    May 1st, 2024 - 8:24pm

    Does anyone know what time is the terrestrial airing is?

  • Anon

    April 24th, 2024 - 10:13pm

    All programmes on all channels have lower viewing figures than 5-10 years ago. It’s not just doctor who. But then stu just liked to complain. If you don’t like it stop watching it.

  • FH

    March 21st, 2024 - 4:16pm

    I was thinking that too.

  • Doctor Stu

    March 18th, 2024 - 7:44pm

    The world evolves, audiences don’t, that’s why people loved series 1-9 when this rubbish wasn’t happening and the majority drag series 10-13 when this rubbish IS happening. Nobody’s forcing me to watch, I am being forced however to abandon my favorite show though as it’s being hijacked to appease about 5% of the population. Dumping the majority audience to reboot it to the Twitter mob clearly doesn’t work for every single other tv show, program, film, franchise, reboot that has EVER come before. And now this one’s going the same way. Prepare to enjoy three more years of the show being dragged to oblivion, the figures plummeting, fans rabidly attacking each other and in fighting and anyone who doesn’t like the rubbish they churn out being labelled as right wing and all the isms and phobics under the sun. That’s the way now

  • Andrew

    March 17th, 2024 - 10:27pm

    Are you being forced to watch the new season… no.
    Do things change and evolve because that’s how time works… yes. Enjoy your boxsets of days gone and leave the world to move on.

  • RPG74

    March 16th, 2024 - 10:21am

    Mmm. Could the Beeb be releasing it this way so as to provide an advance explanation for the low overnight figures? Is this a cover because they know the series is a dog? Hope not.

  • Doctor Stu

    March 15th, 2024 - 9:12pm

    I never thought I’d be done with the show but…meh. It’s worse than the Jodie era now, I have no excitement or want to watch it at all. It’s descended into nothing more than a vehicle for pandering, messages, inclusion and forced dialogue, the acting in the Xmas special was dire, the cast is unrealistically and unrelentingly diverse, it drags you way out of the story. It’s all just one massive executive jigsaw puzzle of checklists and right on aspects and it’s just incredibly boring and patronizing now. Im starting to hate everything about the show. Im just so glad this is a forced American streaming service reboot as I can have MY Doctor who. And the 17 pink hairds and 21 gender neutrals on the planet can all have their new ‘right on’ show

  • Gordon

    March 15th, 2024 - 8:25pm

    I must be the only one happy with this. But then I work weekends and it must have been deep breath was the last time I ever saw anything live on broadcast. The midnight drop on iPlayer works perfect for me. I get it’s not for everyone though

  • RPG74

    March 15th, 2024 - 6:13pm

    Still not happy about the degeneration/ bigeneration business, but I’m a fan, so of course I’ll give it a shot. Just please be better than Ruby Road. That was dire.

  • I’m Batman

    March 15th, 2024 - 5:19pm

    I get the midnight launch but I don’t like it for Doctor Who, and the 2 episodes at once thing too. I’d prefer just the one episode, and live on BBC One. I’d rather watch it at the normal time of the early evening myself which is what I’ll do anyway.
    Plus 2 episodes at once will make the series seem shorter in a sense since it won’t be 8 weeks of Doctor Who, but 7 weeks. That’s just me though perhaps.
    The main concern is avoiding spoilers.

    But I’m still looking forward to May 11th regardless!

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