Will The Doctor Join The MCU?

Would it really matter if he did?

Tony Atkinson

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As everyone who cares now knows, Disney have secured international distribution rights to Doctor Who via their Disney+ streaming service. The story goes that this will boost the budget for the programme and Disney have promised that creative control will remain in the hands of showrunner Russell T Davies, the Bad Wolf production company who make the show and the BBC, who commission it.

But there is an old saying that “He who pays the piper, calls the tune.” Disney are not known for a light touch, as can be seen by the control they maintain over their ‘partner’ Pixar. You can see in films such as The Incredibles, Lightyear and Turning Red that Pixar want to push the envelope in terms of story, character and theme, but keep getting reined in by Disney. Case in point being the daughter, Violet, in The Incredibles, who starts out as a proto-Goth but finds her ‘real’ self as a Popular girl who can date a jock. Would have been nicer, and more true-to-life, if she’d used her new-found confidence to assert her individuality and go full Goth, but Uncle Walt wouldn’t have liked that!

There is, thankfully, no way to integrate the themes and characters of Doctor Who into the Disneyverse at large!

On the other hand, Disney does own the MCU, and there is certainly potential for the character and themes there. How long, then, before Disney ‘suggest’ some kind of crossover?

Declaring an interest, I am a fanfiction writer who specialises in crossover stories. The Doctor has been part of my Storyverse from the start, with the Tenth Doctor appearing as a member of a new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in the very first tale set in said Storyverse. Several subsequent stories feature him as a central character. Ten and Rose venture into the world of WH40K in Captain Titus’ Discharge; Ten and Donna meet a young Minerva MacGonagall in Angels of Prague. Twelve advises the crews of the Normandy SR-2 and the Enterprise-D in Of Cats and Dark Energy and Thirteen stars in The Last WarLord. All incarnations up to Twelve feature in the vignettes that compose A Doctors’ Dozen and Another Dozen. Various versions of The Doctor appear in supporting roles in other stories.

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Tony Atkinson

Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, walker of paths less travelled by. Writer of fanfiction. Player of games. argonaut57@gmail.com