Is A Shared Universe Of Doctor Who Spin-offs In The Works?

Doctor Who spin-offs are reportedly in the works – and set to feature some of the show’s most iconic villains – including the Daleks, Cybermen, and Weeping Angels. A report from The Daily Mirror suggested the budget for the “Whoniverse” could triple since the BBC sold the streaming rights to Disney Plus for Doctor Who outside the UK last month.

A larger budget for the long-running sci-fi series could lead to more spin-offs. According to an insider, Doctor Who fans should “expect to see Sontarans, Weeping Angels and Sea Devils in separate series showing what they get up to when the Doctor isn’t there to stop them, along with Daleks and Cybermen.”

The BBC has declined to comment on the rumour, so it’d be best to take the news with a pinch of salt. That being said, Russell T. Davies, who returns as Doctor Who showrunner from 2023, has a track record of successful spin-offs during his original tenure on the show, including the family-friendly The Sarah Jane Adventures and the post-watershed Torchwood, both of which wrapped in 2011.

“There should be a Doctor Who channel now. You look at those Disney announcements, of all those new Star Wars and Marvel shows, you think, we should be sitting here announcing The Nyssa Adventures or The Return of Donna Noble, and you should have the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors together in a 10-part series. Genuinely,” Davies told The Radio Times last year.

Doctor Who returns to our televisions in November 2023 for three special episodes.

Matt Bailey

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