As revealed last month, the BBC and Disney Branded Television have come together to transform Doctor Who into a global franchise for UK audiences and the rest of the world.
New reports tonight from The Mirror suggest the new Disney+ deal - which is understood to be tripling Doctor Who's episode budget and the series into a £100,000,000 franchise - will include new spin-off series.
A source told previously told Broadcast that it's an "incredibly exciting" time for the franchise, with Russell T. Davies expected to expand the universe with spin-off series, similar to Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures.
The Mirror reports that, according to their insider, the new spin-offs could feature some of Doctor Who's most iconic villains such as the Daleks and Cybermen. The series would follow the villains on their own adventures away from facing The Doctor.
A source told The Mirror: "Fans can expect to see Sontarans, Weeping Angels and Sea Devils in separate series showing what they get up to when the Doctor isn’t there to stop them, along with Daleks and Cybermen."
The BBC told The Mirror it was "too early to comment on any plans".
The BBC shared at the time: Under a shared creative vision, they will deliver this quintessentially British show to future generations on an unprecedented scale with Disney+ as the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside the UK and Ireland.
Both partners have aligned under returning showrunner Russell T Davies' bold vision, who takes control of the TARDIS in 2023.
Russell T Davies says: "I love this show, and this is the best of both worlds – with the vision and joy of the BBC and Disney+ together we can launch the TARDIS all around the planet, reaching a new generation of fans while keeping our traditional home firmly on the BBC in the UK."
The new episodes will premiere on the BBC and Disney+ beginning in late 2023 for fans all over the world. The show will be produced in Wales by Bad Wolf with BBC Studios Production.