Chris Chibnall warns Doctor Who team to learn to compete with Disney+

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 September 2021
Chris Chibnall

Chris Chibnall

Departing 'Doctor Who' showrunner Chris Chibnall thinks the show will have to learn to compete with Disney+, as Russell T Davies returns to take control

Chris Chibnall thinks 'Doctor Who' will have to learn to compete with Disney+.

The showrunner – who will be stepping down in 2022 alongside current titular Time Lord Jodie Whittaker – has insisted the BBC sci-fi favourite needs to keep up with Disney's streaming platform if it can continue to thrive.

He's quoted by the Daily Star newspaper's Hot TV column as saying: "The challenge we were set by the BBC was to keep up with Netflix.

"But the challenge for the people who succeed us it to keep up with Disney+.

"The creative rules are being rewritten by shows like 'WandaVision' while production standards are being rewritten by 'The Mandalorian.' "

Chris will leave after the upcoming six-part series later this year, as well as three specials in 2022.

He'll be replaced by screenwriter Russell T Davies, who was responsible for bringing the show back to screens in 2005 before stepping away 12 years ago.

Russell will be responsible for overseeing 'Doctor Who' when it celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2023 and beyond.

Speaking about his sensational return, Russell recently said: "I’m beyond excited to be back on my favourite show.

"But we’re time-travelling too fast, there’s a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me to enjoy, with my friend and hero Chris Chibnall at the helm – I’m still a viewer for now."

Chibnall added: "It’s monumentally exciting and fitting that Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary will see one of Britain’s screenwriting diamonds return home.

"Russell built the baton that is about to be handed back to him – 'Doctor Who', the BBC, the screen industry in Wales, and let’s be honest everyone in the whole world, have so many reasons to be very excited indeed about what lies ahead.”