Doctor Who Season 14, with Ncuti Gatwa as the new Doctor, is on its way, so here’s everything we know about it so far.
If Doctor Who has taught us anything, it’s that the only constant is change. The classic BBC series – which is now heading onto Disney+ in the US for this upcoming season – is known for how the Doctor changes; not just in the actor that plays them, but in the companions that they have.
This means that when a new season comes along, the series may have a new showrunner, a new companion, and of course, a new Doctor. It can be quite hard to keep track of it all.
So for those not in the know, here’s everything we know about Doctor Who Season 14 so far…
Is there a release date for Doctor Who Season 14?
As of writing, there is no confirmed release date for Season 14 of Doctor Who – however, it’s likely it will arrive in 2024, following the 60th anniversary special next year.
Jodie Whittaker’s time as the Doctor has ended, and it’s going to be another year until the Tardis appears on our screens again. We still have the 60th anniversary in November 2023, which will star David Tennant in a return to his iconic role and also introduce Gatwa’s Doctor.
Filming has also begun on Doctor Who Season 14, with Dylan Holmes Williams, who earlier helmed episodes of M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant, directing the first episode.
This likely means that the series will be coming shortly after the 60th anniversary, sometime in 2024.
Furthermore, showrunner Russell T. Davies – who is returning from his time with the 9th and 10th Doctors – has revealed that Doctor Who will be resuming annually, with no gap years in between seasons, meaning more Doctor Who goodness than we’ve gotten in a long while.
Doctor Who Season 14 trailer: Is there a trailer?
Sadly, as filming has only just begun, there is no official trailer for Doctor Who Season 14 – but there is a trailer for the anniversary special featuring Gatwa, which you check out below:
Also, while you may think that the teaser clip and image of Gatwa’s Doctor is promotion enough, reportedly the background of his scene is actually fake, and he will be somewhere else entirely in the actual show. Mysterious!
There has been a reveal of the new Doctor and his Companion in their costumes on Twitter, which you can check out below:
Doctor Who Season 14 cast: Who is starring in the next season?
So far, seven cast members have been confirmed for Doctor Who Season 14, and these are:
- Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor
- Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday, the Doctor’s companion
- Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart
- Aneurin Barnard as Roger ap Gwilliam
- Michelle Greenidge in an unknown role
- Anita Dobson as Mrs Flood
- Jack Forsyth-Noble as Will
- Bhav Joshi in an unknown role
- Eilidh Loan in an unknown role
- Pete MacHale in an unknown role
- Miles Yekinni in an unknown role
- Hemi Yeroham in an unknown role
Gatwa is best known for his role as Eric Effiong in Sex Education, whereas Gibson recently won an award for her performance as Kelly Neelan in Coronation Street.
Both cast members were announced on social media, with clever emojis hinting at their reveal.
Gibson was also revealed during the BBC charity show, Children in Need, where she popped out of a Tardis onstage.
After Gatwa’s casting was revealed to the world, he said: “There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honored, beyond excited, and of course a little bit scared.
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“This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will endeavor my utmost to do the same.”
Reacting to her casting, Gibson said (as per Digital Spy): “Whilst still being in total disbelief, I am beyond honored to be cast as the Doctor’s companion.”
Redgrave’s return was also announced via social media. Redgrave, who plays Kate Lethbridge-Stewart has of course been a recurring character in Doctor Who since Season 7.
No doubt there will be more cast members for the series, and likely there will be some celebrity guest stars, similarly to Stephen Fry or Kylie Minogue’s appearances. But only time will tell.
Doctor Who Season 14 plot: What will happen next season?
While we gather that Season 14 will follow the regular premise of the show – that being a regenerative Time Lord traveling around time and space with a companion while saving the universe here and there – there is currently no confirmed plot for Doctor Who Season 14.
The series will likely address the Doctor’s previous regeneration, as we can expect that Tennant will transition into Gatwa during the 60th anniversary special.
It’s also been revealed that UNIT will appear again, due to Jemma Redgrave’s return as Kate Stewart.
We do know that Season 14 will consist of eight episodes, along with a Christmas special. While this is a fewer number of episodes than seasons usually get, a return to the Christmas Special will no doubt excite many fans of the show. As Russell T Davies told Doctor Who magazine, “Okay, that’s fewer episodes than the last full season. But give us time. We have plans, and that’s a promise!”
While plot details are being kept tightly under wraps for now, Russell T Davies did recently claim that an upcoming episode is one of “the greatest things” he’s ever made.
During a radio interview with Michael Ball, he briefly mentioned his excitement for Season 14, stating “I have [started work on new Doctor Who] I sat here and watched Episode 4 last night, and I think it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever made in my life. So I’m very very happy.”
The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine that hit shelves on March 2, 2023, also featured a few insights from crew members including VFX Coordinator, Sian Reynish, who has spoken about some of the new techniques and technology being used to film Season 14 and the Christmas Special that will usher in Ncuti Gatwa’s time in the TARDIS.
Reynish emphasized the use of drones on set, stating: “In the Christmas special we’re shooting, 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 sorts of shots.” It was also revealed that “top of the range technology, the kind that Marvel uses” is currently being used to make Doctor Who in Wales, which the VFX coordinator “thinks is pretty speculator. It means Doctor Who’s at the forefront of pushing the boundaries.”
Finally, Reynish praised Ncuti Gatwa’s portrayal of the titular Time Lord, stating that “He’s young and fun. The crew say he’s up for anything, and I think he’ll really make it his own and not try to copy the mannerisms of anyone else. He’s really individual and that’s what we want, a new new Doctor!”
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