Doctor Who series 14 episode 1 release time (by time zone)

Doctor Who returns to screens with series 14. Here's when you can watch the two-episode premiere, starting with "Space Babies", in your area.
The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) Credit: James Pardon/Bad Wolf/BBC Studios
The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) Credit: James Pardon/Bad Wolf/BBC Studios /

It might sound crazy to say at this point, but Doctor Who has never felt bigger. Yes, I'm aware that I'm talking about a show with 60 years of legacy to its name, but right now is one of the most exciting times to be a fan of the franchise, and it all has to do with its globalization.

The new series is set to kick off (and it can be referred to as season 14 or season 1 depending on whether you actually like BBC's attempt to "reboot" it) and it will stream globally on Disney Plus. After debuting last year, Ncuti Gatwa will officially begin his adventure in the Tardis as the new Doctor alongside new companion Ruby Sunday, played by Coronation Street star Millie Gibson.

The coordinated release between the UK and the rest of the world began with the four specials released last year for both the show's 60th anniversary and the holiday season (during which the new leads debuted), but there is one major change this time: It has a new global release time, meaning that it will also have a new release time on BBC in the UK as well.

Doctor Who episode 1 release time and dates

The first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who will be available to stream on Disney Plus in the US on Friday, May 10, at 4:00 p.m. PT and 7:00 p.m. ET. But if you're watching in the UK and Ireland, don't worry, the episodes will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from midnight on Saturday, May 11.

For fans who would prefer to watch the show on television in the UK and Ireland, the good news is that it will still air during its typical Saturday evening tea time slot, with the first episode "Spice Babies" premiering on BBC One at 6:20 p.m. BST. and the second episode "The Devil's Chord" airing afterwards at 7:05 pm BST.

But those won't be the only areas that the episodes are streamed in. Here are the streaming release dates and times by time zone:

  • Hawaii: 1:00 p.m. HST on Friday, May 10
  • Alaska: 3:00 p.m. AKDT on Friday, May 10
  • West Coast of the US: 4:00 p.m. PT on Friday, May 10
  • Mountain time: 5:00 p.m. MT on Friday, May 10
  • Midwest of the US: 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday, May 10
  • East Coast of the US: 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 10
  • Brazil: 8:00 p.m. BRT on Friday, May 10
  • UK: 12:00 a.m. BST on Saturday, May 11
  • France: 1:30 a.m. CET on Saturday, May 11
  • Germany: 1:30 a.m. CET on Saturday, May 11
  • Italy: 1:30 a.m. CET on Saturday, May 11
  • Spain: 1:30 a.m. CET on Saturday, May 11
  • India: 5:30 a.m. IST on Saturday, May 11
  • South Korea: 9:00 a.m. KST on Saturday, May 11
  • Japan: 9:00 a.m. JST on Saturday, May 11
  • Sydney, Australia: 11:00 a.m. AEDT on Saturday, May 11

While the four specials in the second half of last year officially started this new era for Doctor Who fans, this is where it really begins (hence the time change for UK audiences). The show has always been a popular global brand, but this is the first time it's getting such a significant worldwide launch. It makes sense given how popular the science fiction genre has been (especially on a streaming platform like Disney Plus) and how beloved the series is in Britain. It's going to be interesting to see how it's received by audiences around the world.

With Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson's adventures truly set to begin in series 14, fans are in for a treat with these new episodes, which have received an overwhelmingly positive response from critics. The new series currently possesses a Rotten Tomatoes score of 98%, which suggests we're all in for a very, very good time.

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