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Series 14 Promotion Talk

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Series 14 (also known as "Season 1" on Disney+) was a series of Doctor Who produced by BBC in collaboration with Sony's Bad Wolf and Disney Branded Television for streaming on Disney+.

Due to showrunner Russell T Davies announcing in Doctor Who Magazine #585 that the series would consist of only eight episodes plus a special, this series would have an identical number of episodes to the previous Series 13, which also consisted of a reduced episode count.[1]


Early announcements[]

In May 2017, it was announced that due to the terms of a deal between BBC Worldwide and SMG Pictures in China, the company had right of first refusal on the purchase for the Chinese market of past and future series of the programme, as well as spin-offs.[2][3]

In October 2019, it was revealed that due to the show heading to HBO Max, the network had struck a deal for additional series of the programme.[4]

On 29 July 2021, following the announcement of Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall's departure, the BBC noted, "We will announce plans for the new generation of Doctor Who in due course – watch this space!"[5]

It was noted in a big reveal by the BBC on 24 September 2021 that Russell T Davies would make his return in the 60th anniversary in 2023 and remain as head writer in "series beyond".[6][7] Like the preceding series 13[8], the series was announced as happening before the previous series had even begun broadcast.


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A short overview of the promotion should be given.

Main article: /Promotion

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Watch as Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson switch on the lastminute.com London Eye! ❤️❤️➕🎡

London Eye light display


The -DoctorWho cast and crew walk the blue carpet for the premiere of 'The Church on Ruby Road'! 🎄

The Blue Carpet

A special blue carpet premiere for the new era was held near the London Eye on 12 December 2023 with a special screening of the Christmas Special, The Church on Ruby Road [+]Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023)., held at the BFI Southbank cinema.

At the blue carpet was put up a pult with a button on it, which the actors Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson pressed, displaying a light show of blue, gold and purple on the ferris wheel itself.

Attendees included, but was not limited to: Gatwa and Gibson themselves, Michelle Greenidge, Angela Wynter, Anita Dobson, Radio One presenter Yinka Bokinni, showrunner Russell T Davies, producers Phil Collinson and Joel Collins.[9][10]






On 2 November 2021, Bad Wolf had filed for a new subsidiary company run by Julie Gardner, called Whoniverse1 LTD[19]



Russell T Davies made his "explosive return" to Doctor Who in the 60th anniversary and "series beyond".[6]

Phil Collinson, Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter also returned from the 60th specials as executive producers and were joined by Joel Collins.[20]

Returning from the 60th specials were also Vicki Delow, Chris May and Ellen Marsh.[20]

Phil Sims continued as the production designer and Scott Handcock as the script editor.[20]


Dylan Holmes Williams directed the first filming block[20] along with director of photography Sam Care,[21] which consisted of episodes 4 and 5.[22]

Mark Tonderai directed the second filming block[23][21] along with DOP Miroslaw Baszak,[24] which consisted of the festive special.[22] Gareth Tandy was first assistant director.[24]

Julie Anne Robinson directed the third filming block[24] along with DOP Tobias Datum,[25] consisting of episodes 3[26] and 1.[27]

Ben Chessell directed the fourth filming block[25] along with DOP Jamie Cairney,[27] which consisted of episodes 2[28] and 6.[27]

Jamie Donoughue directed the fifth filming block along with DOP Chas Bain, which consisted of episodes 7[29] and 8.[28]


Russell T Davies wrote episodes 4 and 7.[30][31]

Kate Herron and Briony Redman co-wrote episode 6.[32][33]


On 12 August, The Hollywood Reporter stated that the series would begin filming in November.[34]

On 10 November it was revealed in Doctor Who Magazine #584 that pre-production on the series began on 26 September.[20]


Filming officially began on the series on 5 December 2022 in Wolf Studios in Cardiff, Wales[35] and continued on 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and ending on 12 December.[36]

Public filming then began and continued on 13, 14, 15 and 16 December at the White Cross Inn in Groeswen, Wales.[37][38]

Filming then went on to Cardiff Bay Barrage in Penarth, Wales, which went on until 17 December.[39]

On 3 January 2023, filming took place on Cardiff Queen Street and inside Capitol Shopping Centre in Cardiff, Wales.[40]

Filming moved on to Swansea University Bay Campus in Swansea, Wales on 4 January[41] where it continued on 5, 6 and 7 January.[42]

On 9 and 10 January filming took place at Newport Market, High Street and Victoria Place in Newport, Wales.[43]

Around mid-January, Millie Gibson's first scenes were filmed.[44]

Filming took to Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on 16 January.[22]

Filming went to Castle Arcade and its High Street in Cardiff, Wales on 17 January.[45]

On 18 January filming took place on moving train which left from Cardiff Central Railway Station in Central Square, Cardiff and travelled to Swansea Railway Station and back.[45]

Filming happened at Loudoun Square in Cardiff, Wales, both inside and outside the flats on 19 January.[46]

On 20 January filming travelled to Park Place, Bruton Place, Meridian Place and Frederick Place in Clifton, Bristol, England.[47][48][49][50][51][52]

On 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 January filming took place on the Coast Path at Giltar Point in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales.[53][54][55][56][57][58]

On 1 February filming took place at Wolf Studios, Cardiff, Wales.[59]

On 7 February filming went back to Frederick Place in Bristol[60] and continued on 8 February and subsequently went to Kings Weston House, Bristol.[61]

On 9 February filming took place in the morning at the Golden Cross pub and later on moved to the Pryzm Nightclub, in Cardiff, Wales.[62]

Filming took place on 14, 15 and 16 February at the graveyard of the Church of St. Mary in Nash, Newport, Wales.[63]

On 21 February,[64] filming went back to Wolf Studios in Cardiff, Wales where it continued on 28 February,[65] 1,[66] 6,[67][68] 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 March.[69][70][71][72]

On 20 and 21 April filming took place in Mellon Street in Newport, Wales.[73]

On 25 April filming went to Market Street in Newport, Wales.[74]

On 26 April filming took place at Frederick Place and Clifton College in Clifton, Bristol.[75]

On 8 May filming took place at The Parade in Cardiff, Wales.[76]

On 10, 11 and 12 May filming went to Tredegar House in Newport, Wales.[77][78]

On 15 May filming took place in Margam Park, Wales where it continued on 16, 17, 18, 19[79] and early morning 20 May.[80]

On 23, 24 and 25 May filming took place at Leigh Court in Bristol.[81][82][83][84]

On 30 and 31 May and 1, 2 June filming went back to The Parade in Cardiff, Wales.[85]

On 5, 6, 7 and 8 June filming went to the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, Wales.[86]

Filming then took place on 9 June inside a building at One Central Square in Cardiff, Wales.[87]

Filming went to Fitzalan Road in Cardiff, Wales on 16 June.[88]

On 19 and 20 June, filming took place in Cardiff City Hall in Cardiff, Wales.[89][90]

On 25 and 26 June filming took place on Park Street in Cardiff, Wales.[91][92]

On 10 July filming took place near the Academy Espresso Bar in Barry, Wales.[93]

Lastly, filming went back to Wolf Studios, Wales on 14 July, wrapping up with a party at National Museum Cardiff on 15 July.[94]

Late pick-ups for the Christmas Special were filmed late in the evening on 18 September and continued into early morning 19 September around the intersection between St Marys Street and Wharton Street in Cardiff.[95]

More pickups were again filmed around the intersection between St Marys Street and Wharton Street in Cardiff late in the evening on 3 October until early morning on 4 October.[96]

Television stories[]

Christmas Special[]

Title Writer Director Notes
0 The Church on Ruby Road [+]Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).[97] Russell T Davies[98] Mark Tonderai[22] Return of Christmas Specials.[99] Television debut of Ruby Sunday, Carla Sunday and Cherry Sunday.[1][100]

Regular series[]

Title Writer Director Notes
1 Space Babies Russell T Davies Julie Anne Robinson[27] The Doctor gives Ruby a TARDIS key. Carla finds out about Ruby travelling in the TARDIS.
2 The Devil's Chord[101] Russell T Davies Ben Chessell[28] Introduction of Maestro, a child of The Toymaker. First mention of Susan Foreman by name in the modern era.
3 Boom Steven Moffat Julie Anne Robinson[26] Reappearance of the Anglican Marines and Villengard's tech. Varada Sethu's first acting appearance in the show.
4 73 Yards Russell T Davies[30] Dylan Holmes Williams[22] Doctor-lite episode. Reappearance of Kate Stewart and UNIT.
5 Dot and Bubble Russell T Davies
6 Rogue Kate Herron and Briony Redman[33] Ben Chessell[27] Dedicated to William Russell. First episode not written or co-written by a showrunner since The Haunting of Villa Diodati.
7 & 8 The Legend of Ruby Sunday / Empire of Death Russell T Davies[31] Jamie Donoughue[29][28] Reintroduction of Sutekh, revealed to be The One Who Waits. The mystery of Susan Twist's characters is revealed.

Episode notes[]

  • This season deals with the themes of fantasy in different ways, emphasizing the magic (or New Science as the Doctor calls it) that followed the Toymaker into the universe.
    • The Boogeyman myth, which was unintentionally brought to life by a literal computer.
    • The Goblins and their ability to cause bad Luck and gain power from Coincidences.
    • Maestro and their control over the "magic" of music.
    • Blind faith/delusion and a lack of independent thought.
    • Fairy circles and curses.
    • Being too absorbed in online social media to the point of disregarding the real world.
    • Cosplay and losing yourself in the background of your character.
    • Someone being important simply because they are believed to be important and thus being imbued with significance.
  • This is the first series of the revival not to feature the Daleks.

BBC vs Disney+ versions[]

There are differences between the version broadcast on BBC One and the one shown on Disney+:

  • sequence in ident was shown at the beginning of the episode on the BBC version. However, on the Disney+ version, the BBC ident was shown.
  • The Disney ident was shown at the end of the episode on the Disney+ version.
  • The Executive Producers' credits were shown after the title sequence in the BBC version, however, they were shown in the end credits in the Disney+ version.
  • In the end board for the BBC version, the Bad Wolf logo was shown on the left and the BBC Studios Productions logo on the right. In the Disney+ version, they were switched.
  • For The Church on Ruby Road [+]Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023)., following the TARDIS reveal scene, in the BBC version the Cast credits appears, followed by the mid-credits scene and then the rest of the end credits roll. In the Disney+ version a new ident is shown after the TARDIS reveal scene which is then followed by the mid-credits scene and then the full end credits roll.

Aliens and enemies[]


Stories set during this season[]


Short stories[]



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Reference books[]

Adaptations and merchandising[]

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