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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Fergus Halliday
Oct 26, 2023
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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, the first of which is slated to drop on November 26, with the introduction of Ncuti Gatwa's Fifteenth Doctor set to follow 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

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

  • David Tennant is set to reprise his role as the Doctor for the first time in almost decade with the first of three special episodes ("The Star Beast") on November 26 2023.
  • That story will then continue a week later with the second special ("Wild Blue Yonder") on December 3 2023.
  • David Tennant's final (?) bout as the Doctor will conclude with the third and final special episode ("The Giggle") on December 10 2023

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.

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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

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 or Binge. Both services 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.

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.

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Binge
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7 days
Amazon Prime Video
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$9.99
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30 day free trial
Stan
$12
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No 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?

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Binge LogoBinge Standard plan
4K streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$18/mth
Apple TV+Apple TV+ plan
4K streaming
6 streams (Family Sharing)
Deal: 7-day free trial
$12.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Standard plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: $139.99 for 12mths
$13.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Premium plan
4K streaming
4 streams
Deal: $179.99 for 12mths
$17.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Standard + Ads
HD streaming
2 streams
$7.99/mth
StanStan Basic plan
SD streaming
1 stream
$12/mth
Kayo SportsKayo One Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$25/mth
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HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$25/mth
ShudderShudder plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Hayu | Provider logoHayu Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Paramount+Paramount+ plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$9.99/mth
Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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