Doctor Who Season 14 Episode Count Revealed As Series Looks To The Future On Disney Plus

Doctor Who season 14’s episode count has been revealed. The new season sees Sex Education‘s Ncuti Gatwa stepping into the lead role of The Doctor, the Time Lord who has the ability to regenerate form throughout their adventures in time and space. The new season is set to premiere in 2024 with returning showrunner Russell T. Davis, who rebooted the series in 2005, at the helm.

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The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine contains an update from Davies about Doctor Who season 14. According to him, the upcoming season will consist of 8 episodes. This will make season 14 the second-shortest season of the entire series, behind the six-episode miniseries arc Doctor Who: Flux starring Jodie Whittaker. Check out Davies quote below.

All five blocks in production, with eight regular episodes plus four Specials in varying states of readiness.​​​​​


Why Are Doctor Who Seasons Getting Shorter?

Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor in Doctor Who 60th anniversary special

Throughout the history of the series, Doctor Who episode counts have largely been shrinking. Back in its original run, the average season ran between 25 and 45 episodes until the late 1980s. It was only in the final five seasons of its 26-season run that seasons were reduced to 13 or 14 episodes each.

When the series was resurrected in 2005, episode counts remained at 13 per season before shrinking to 12 from seasons 8 through 10. The Whittaker seasons then shrank to 10 and 6, with this -episode run only slightly pushing that total back up. There are likely a few reasons for this reduction in episode count, not the least of which is COVID-19 restrictions that increase the budget and the production time of any single episode.

Another reason the new Doctor Who season could be shorter is the fact that Gatwa constantly working thanks to his roles in other projects like Sex Education and the upcoming Barbie movie, which could be dividing his time. However, this episode reduction isn’t necessarily a bad thing. These season numbers are more reflective of the shorter-run seasons that British television is known for, so it doesn’t mean that the show is suffering or that interest in the franchise is waning in any major way.

Source: Doctor Who Magazine

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