New 'Doctor Who' Season Premieres on Disney+, Starring Ncuti Gatwa

Ncuti Gatwa debuts as the Fifteenth Doctor in the new season of Doctor Who, marking the first Black and openly queer permanent lead in the show's 60-year history. The season, overseen by returning showrunner Russell T Davies, has received positive reviews for its fresh start and visually stunning production.

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New 'Doctor Who' Season Premieres on Disney+, Starring Ncuti Gatwa

New 'Doctor Who' Season Premieres on Disney+, Starring Ncuti Gatwa

The highly anticipatednew seasonof Doctor Who has arrived, with Ncuti Gatwa taking on the role of the Fifteenth Doctor. The season premiered on May 11 at 6:20pm on BBC One, introducing Gatwa as the first Black and openly queer permanent lead in the show's 60-year history. Alongside Gatwa, Millie Gibson joins the cast as the Doctor's new companion, Ruby Sunday.

Thenew eraof Doctor Who is overseen by returning showrunner Russell T Davies, who previously rebooted the series in 2005. Davies' return follows three seasons led by Chris Chibnall, which were met with declining popularity and criticism over the show's quality. Davies' successful first tenure, which included working with David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, has fans excited for the show's future.

The 60th anniversary specials, which reunited Davies with Tennant, served as a soft reboot for the franchise, setting the stage for Gatwa's debut. The new season marks a fresh start, with a more fun and carefree tone. Gatwa's portrayal of the Doctor is praised for its charisma and energy, bringing a new dynamic to the iconic role.

The first episode, "Space Babies," serves as an introduction to the new Doctor and companion, while the second episode, "The Devil's Chord," is a 1960s-set adventure featuring the Beatles and an epic music score. Critics have been charmed by the new season, with one reviewer stating,"I want to be cynical about Doctor Who... But, sadly, I sat down with a big bowl of cereal and my nice headphones on, watched the first two episodes of thenew seriesand was dreadfully, inevitably, embarrassingly charmed by it."

The show's partnership with Disney has provided a boost in production value, resulting in a visually stunning and epic season. However, the series remains grounded by its 60-year history and dedicated fan base. With Gatwa at the helm and Davies back in charge, Doctor Who is poised for an excitingnew chapterthat will captivate audiences old and new.