Where to watch Doctor Who in Australia

David Tennant's return to the long-running science fiction series will be available exclusively on Disney+ outside the UK.

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December 08, 2022
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Following the end of Jodie Whittaker's run in the series lead role, 2023 is shaping up to be a big year for fans of the BBC's Doctor Who.

Showrunner Russell T. Davies is returning to helm the latest instalment of this iconic series ahead of the 60th Anniversary Special. What's more, he's bringing both David Tennant and Catherine Tate with him for a trio of special episodes, currently slated to drop sometime around November 2023, with the introduction of Ncuti Gatwa's Fifteenth Doctor set to arrive in 2024.

This new era of Doctor Who might look a little bit like older ones, but it won't be able to be found in the same places. Going forward, Disney+ will be the streaming home of Doctor Who for those who live outside the United Kingdom.

Where to stream the new Doctor Who online in Australia

Exclusive to Disney+ in Australia
Disney Plus
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$13.99
/mo
pro Weekly originals
pro Classics that were built for bingeing
con No free trial
con Expensive entry point

In Australia, the upcoming specials and Series 14 of Doctor Who will be available to stream exclusively on Disney+.

At the time of writing, it's not quite clear where this content will live within the Disney+ library.

More likely than not, it'll end up in the Star catalog. Disney+ Star is the service's home for more mature TV shows and movies like Prey.

In addition to the upcoming Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Special, you can find a huge range of Fox, Hulu and Disney classics within the Star section of the streaming service.

Unlike most streamers, Disney+ doesn't offer a free trial. Still, there is an opportunity to save if you sign up for an entire year in advance rather than pay month-to-month.

When does Doctor Who Season 14 release in Australia?

While the return of David Tennant to Doctor Who is set to coincide with the series' 60th Anniversary in 2023, Series 14 won't kick off until 2024.

At this stage, nobody involved with the series has indicated when in the year the BBC will look to debut Ncuti Gatwa's Fifteenth Doctor. It's just as possible that Series 14 could start a few months after the Tennant-led specials as it is for there to be a full year between the two. We'll have to wait and see.

What is Doctor Who about?

Doctor Who is a long-running and popular science fiction series that follows the adventures of an immortal time-traveller known as the Doctor as they explore the mysteries of the universe, protects Earth from extraterrestrial threats and develops friendships with various human companions.

The original Doctor Who ran from 1963 through to 1989. The franchise then sat dormant for around fifteen or so years before being resurrected by the BBC and showrunner Russell T. Davies in 2005.

This modern incarnation of Doctor Who has since gone on to run for another fourteen seasons, with Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and Jodie Whittaker all taking a turn in the titular role. 

Where to watch old Doctor Who episodes

BritBox
Our Rating
3 out of 5 stars
3
Starts at
$8.99
/mo
pro Cheaper than most streaming services
pro Good selection of British classics
con Almost no original content

While future instalments of Doctor Who are set to go straight to Disney's streaming service, those looking to catch up on the series to date have a few options.

For many, the best bet here is going to be either Stan, Binge or Bitbox. All three currently have the previous thirteen seasons of Doctor Who available to stream.

Amazon Prime Video also currently has seasons 5 through 10 of Doctor Who. That isn't everything but it does cover the entirety of both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi's time in the Tardis if what you're looking for falls into that era of the series.

Still, Britbox is the cheapest and most comprehensive of the lot. The UK-slanted streaming service also has the classic 1963 Doctor Who as well so it's probably our pick of the available options.

The only thing to note here is that Jodie Whittaker's most recent three episodes ("Eve of the Daleks", "Legend of the Sea Devils" and "Power of the Doctor") are currently not available to stream in Australia.

Service
Price
Free trial
More info
Binge
From
$10
/mo
2 week
Amazon Prime Video
From
$6.99
/mo
30 day free trial
Stan
$10
/mo
30 day free trial

What is Disney+?

If you somehow haven't heard of it before, Disney+ is the company's attempt to topple Netflix as the king of streaming. Thanks to breakout hits like The Mandalorian, Only Murder in the Building and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, the service has rapidly picked up steam since launching in late 2019. As of August 2022, Disney+ is said to boast over 150 million subscribers.

For Australians, the depth of the catalogue and hype attached to prestigious franchises like Star Wars and Marvel make it one of the more compelling streaming services available. However, even if it's destined to be a must-have for some audiences, it's far from the only flavour in the mix.

How does Disney+ compare?

Service
More info
Monthly price
Max. Video Resolution
# of streams
Rating
Available deal
NetflixNetflix
$6.99 (w/ Ads) - $22.99 4K 4
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$9.994K6
4 out of 5 stars
4
$13.99 4K 4
4 out of 5 stars
4
$25 - $35HD 3
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
$6.99 HD 1
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
$6.99HD1
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Logo for Foxtel NowFoxtel Now
$25 - $104HD 2
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
$8.99 HD5
3 out of 5 stars
3
Paramount+Paramount+
$8.99HD3
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
BingeBinge
$10 - $18HD 4
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
StanStan
$10 - $214K 4
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a Digital Content Editor for Reviews.org who specialises in technology, entertainment, gaming and pop culture. His work has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, Press Start Australia, The AU Review, Screen Rant, Superjump and more. You can follow him on Twitter.

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