Doctor Who season 14 has tech “the kind that Marvel films use”

Ever since BBC announced they’d inked a deal with Disney to make Disney+ the streaming home of Doctor Who there has been intense speculation about the direction of travel of the BBC science fiction series. Could it be about to explode into a multi-show franchise and have movie spin-offs, will there be millions more pounds spent on every episode – could the biggest American stars be crossing the pond to feature in the series?

While the answer to most of those questions is yes, and no, one thing that does appear to be on its way to Doctor Who that will sound familiar to students of Disney are high end special effects that have become the signature of Marvel movies and TV shows.

The VFX co-ordinator Siân Reynish has revealed that the set-up on season 14 of Doctor Who is pretty special.

“We’re using top of the range technology, the kind that Marvel films use, to make Doctor Who in Wales, which I think is pretty spectacular,” Reynish told Doctor Who Magazine.

Added Reynish: “It means Doctor Who is at the forefront of pushing the boundaries. And in the Christmas special we’re shooting with drones on the set, which no one’s done before. Because of the way the Doctor races erratically around the TARDIS, it’s amazing to have those sort of shots.”

Doctor Who is set to return to our screens in November 2023 under the stewardship of Russell T Davies who returns to the series as showrunner after having been responsible for rebooting the show in 2005.

There will be three episodes in November to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor. The episodes will also see the return of Catherine Tate as Donna Noble as well as the introduction of Yasmin Finney as Rose and Neil Patrick Harris as an enemy in the series.

The 60th year will also be marked by a huge audio series from Big Finish Productions, Once and Future, starring all of the surviving Doctors and a number of specials and returning guests including Michelle Gomez as Missy and Georgia Tennant as the Doctor’s Daughter, Jenny.

Season 14 of Doctor Who will kick off with a festive special in 2023, before the full season starring Fifteenth Doctor Ncuti Gatwa and his new companion Ruby Sunday, played by Millie Gibson, will broadcast across 2024.

The episodes in 2023 will be the first as part of the new deal between the BBC and Disney.