HBO Max Deal Reveals Plans for Series 13 and 14
Doctor Who’s future beyond Series 12 in 2020 appears to be secure, with plans for another two series at least, taking us to Series 13 and 14.
The news comes via Comicon.com, who write:
As part of the BBC’s deal with HBO Max to stream its content in the US, the service will make 11 seasons of the revived [show] available at launch with “an additional three seasons to come.”
But the marquee thing here is the confirmation that the BBC is committed to at least two more seasons of Doctor Who after 2020.
As some may recall, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the long-term future of the show. Back in 2017, a BBC partnership with China indicated a deal was in place for the show to run until at least Series 15.
It should be considered though that it doesn’t mean the BBC has already commissioned further series yet, just that the overseas networks have the rights should it get made. But nevertheless it is a good sign that plans are at least in place.
However, the question still remains whether Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker will be involved beyond Series 12, given reports suggesting the pair may be departing.
The online chatter was somewhat silenced back in August, though as always nothing has been confirmed by the BBC themselves, and the rumours have persisted.
So, for now, we’ll just have to wait and see.